Over the last three decades there has been growing interest and attention placed on sustainability and the contribution made by the built environment. Environmental auditing applied to buildings has largely been concerned with energy/water usage and waste. This paper argues that post occupancy evaluation can be a useful tool in validating the performance of commercial office buildings in terms of key design objectives of human comfort and productivity, from the perspective of building inhabitants. A new assessment framework, with post occupancy evaluation at its heart, is developed based on a double-loop (learning) cycle for continuous process improvement founded on three principles of engagement, accountability, and legitimacy. This framework enables the influence of both human comfort and productivity to be integrated in assessing the real environmental and organisational performance of commercial office buildings.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 37th AUBEA International Conference|
|Editors||I. Kamardeen, S. Newton, B. Lim, M. Loosemore|
|Place of Publication||Sydney|
|Publisher||University of New South Wales|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||Australasian Universities Building Educators Association Conference - The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 4 Jul 2012 → 6 Jul 2012
Conference number: 37th
|Conference||Australasian Universities Building Educators Association Conference|
|Period||4/07/12 → 6/07/12|
Al-Khawaja, A., Langston, C. A., & Purdey, B. (2012). A new framework for post occupancy evaluation of office buildings. In I. Kamardeen, S. Newton, B. Lim, & M. Loosemore (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th AUBEA International Conference (pp. 295-306). Sydney: University of New South Wales.