Application of post-occupancy evaluation in a design consultancy

Application of post-occupancy evaluation in a design consultancy


As an engineering doctorate (EngD) student at the Brunel University, Ian Pegg investigated the application of post-occupancy evaluation in a design consultancy. This EngD supervised by Professor Maria Kolokotroni  involved looking at intrinsic barriers in the industry (who pays for feedback, and how to manage the resulting knowledge), the drivers (professional interest and staff development, competitive advantage), but most of all looking at some completed buildings and finding out what could be improved.

Academies are interesting because they have more or less the same requirements, and operate with similar constraints and a similar budget. This makes it much easier to compare the findings and determine what causes differences in results. This study looks at five city academies completed between 2002 and 2005.

The key issues in the design of an academy are:

How can ventilation and acoustics be managed in classrooms?
How can mechanical cooling be avoided, while still allowing each student to have their own PC in classrooms?
How complex can a school get before maintenance budgets become unmanageable?
How can an academy have greater functionality, with better environmental conditions, while having low carbon dioxide emissions?

More details coming soon.