How Practice Size Impacts on the Implementation and Dissemination of Post Occupancy Evaluation

  • YEAR
    2007
  • AUTHORS
    Woodroffe, T
    Tucker, Richard
  • CATEGORIES
    2007 Conference Papers
    Effective tools: design, assessment, operation

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Abstract: There has been much research on the subject of environmentally sustainable design (ESD), with
emerging techniques and technologies improving rapidly and informing sustainability higher education
teaching to architects and prospective architects. By examining the success of sustainable designs using
post occupancy evaluations, architectural practices might also increase their knowledge of sustainable
building practice. Post occupancy evaluations could be useful for improving the designs of future buildings
and the design processes that generated them. This paper aims to evaluate these claims by asking: “Do
sustainable design practices use the feedback gained from post occupancy evaluations?,” “How does the
feedback refine the design process?,” “How is the information gained in these evaluations absorbed within
the firm’s design practices?,” and, “Does the size of a practice impact on its implementation and
dissemination of POE?”

This paper investigates the questions posed above through the questioning of architectural practices that
have gained a reputation for environmentally sustainable design by having a strong sustainable design
philosophy and/or by being recognised for this by winning a sustainability design award. The interviewed
practices will have provided some form of post occupancy evaluation as a service or employed them to
add to their own knowledge.

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