We currently monitor buildings for a number of our clients to provide valuable feedback on post-occupancy performance, to ensure that lessons are learnt going forwards and that the most efficient arrangements are used for future projects. This improves the overall performance of buildings, minimises the performance gap, and ensures that buildings operate effectively for their occupants.
Post occupancy evaluation (POE) can include physical monitoring of thermal comfort, summertime overheating, measured ventilation rates, air quality, noise and energy consumption, as well as occupant questionnaires. Valuable feedback from these studies on the first phase of a development can influence design and bring quality improvements across later phases. For example, overheating mitigation measures can be evaluated to determine whether they work in practice, compared to designed simulations.
It can also be useful to demonstrate how occupiers interact with building services such as heating and ventilation systems; whether people understand how their MVHR system works, how to use it and how to ensure that it is working effectively.