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AJ housing survey: post-occupancy not on architects' radar


We are one of the 3% of practices who are actively developing skills, techniques and experience in building performance and post occupancy evaluation. We're currently recruiting a building performance specialist, if you're interested please apply online - http://tinyurl.com/knhzhad We're investing in POE, we have been doing it on selected projects for 5 years, we've found small pots of funding to help with this. Clients might not explicitly invest in it for every project but clients do place a value on performance as well as aesthetics. How long can architects carry on promising outcomes which fall short when the building is complete? Embedding feedback into office and project culture is the best approach. I think mandatory publication of all POE data (mentioned in article) is not a good idea, we see our research as part of our IP, we'd like to choose what we publish and what we don't. There will be some projects that don't measure up, systems that need to adjust, calculations (SAP) need to change before a 'warts and all' approach would actually work for either clients or architects. I applaud HTA's project and the political traction it seems to be gaining. Regards Matt Bridgestock Director, John Gilbert Architects Chair, Scottish Ecological Design Association

Posted date

14 February, 2015

Posted time

10:22 am