EU SAVE reducing energy use and carbon emissions of heating systems

A consortium of construction interests, led by BRE, has recently developed a strategic method of post occupancy evaluation specifically tailored to the early stages of a building’s occupancy (ie the first twelve months).

The aim of the project, which has been sponsored by the DTI through its Partners in Innovation (PII) scheme, is to promote the more widespread uptake of post occupancy evaluation (POE) during the early stages of occupation.

Performance feedback through post occupancy evaluation (POE) is a potentially powerful mechanism for bringing about improvements in building design and operation. However major barriers to its widespread uptake still exist amongst clients and designers. For the former it may be
+ perceived difficulties in attributing cost benefits;
* a lack of awareness of the possible positive impact on occupant satisfaction and productivity; or
+ a reluctance to pay for an exercise which clients believe will only serve to allow designers to learn from their mistakes in order to inform their next project.For the design team themselves it is often:
+ a fear of possible litigation in the event that a performance issue is uncovered; and
+ a fear that professional indemnity premiums may rise as a consequence.

If you would like any further information about this project please contact Mindy Hadi or Pete Grigg on 01923 66 4300 or e-mail