A new framework for post occupancy evaluation of office buildings

Abdallah Al-Khawaja, Craig Ashley Langston, Brian Purdey

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th AUBEA International Conference
EditorsI. Kamardeen, S. Newton, B. Lim, M. Loosemore
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherUniversity of New South Wales
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780646581279
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAustralasian Universities Building Educators Association Conference - The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 Jul 20126 Jul 2012
Conference number: 37th


ConferenceAustralasian Universities Building Educators Association Conference
Abbreviated titleAUBEA


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