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FS04 - Embedding simplified post occupancy evaluation within the design process

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“Embedding simplified post occupancy evaluation within the design process” by Page&Park Architects and the University of Strathclyde Glasgow


This research project involved the team looking at Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) analysis from a number of perspectives. The team studied information relating to existing POE methods, current energy best practice benchmarks and compared appropriate figures against Page & Park attainments. They also developed a simple questionnaire that clients would regard as quick to fill in and user-friendly.

It was decided that the most effective way to deliver a simplified POE process, to complement the existing work practices of Page & Park, was to design and trial a software tool, named POET (Post Occupancy Evaluation Tool). This tool was developed over the period of the project and underwent a number of revisions to deal with issues relating to compatibility with Page & Park hardware, work practices and application expectations.

A key deliverable of the project was to use POE as a method of gauging any difference between design intent and use in practice, so that information could be fed back into future Page & Park projects. It was also crucial that the architects would be able to compare designs with best practice guidelines. The benchmark figures chosen for this project were extracted from CIBSE Benchmarks TM46 (2008).

Key words: new building, post occupancy evaluation, software tool


Prof. Joe Clarke, Energy Systems Research Unit, University of Strathclyde Glasgow
Ms Fiona Bradley, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde Glasgow
Ms Karen Nugent, Page & Park Architects


Held on 25th January 2011

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