31 Jul Post-occupancy Evaluation
This feasibility study was undertaken in collaboration with Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU).
The aim was to explore the potential for the development of a cost-effective post-occupancy evaluation (POE) methodology (with a particular sustainability focus) that can be used to gather quantitative and qualitative information regarding energy and environmental performance of housing. This would provide useful data for designers, clients and users – leading to improved performance of the existing houses and future designs.
John Gilbert Architects assisted in the selection of sample house types from four housing associations and liaised with participating housing providers. MEARU collected data via resident survey questionnaires and durational monitoring of eight selected house types.
The team reviewed the process to identify key areas for inclusion and most cost-effective outcomes for a POE methodology which could be widely used. MEARU has also developed a sample online POE tool and template documentation which could be applied to future POE exercises carried out by using associations on their newbuild housing.
The study outputs are available to download here – Post Occupancy Methodology