Feedback Loop

With a frequent gap between predicted and actual performance, post-occupancy evaluations begin to catch on.
Architectural Record
By Peter Fairley

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the term post-occupancy evaluation (POE).
  2. Identify quantitative and qualitative factors that POEs can be used to study.
  3. Discuss legal and practical barriers that prevent some architecture firms from performing POEs.
  4. Discuss recent legislative and regulatory developments that are helping spur more interest in POEs.


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Post-occupancy evaluation, or POE, is a diverse practice that can feed back data into the design process on everything from energy and water consumption to workplace satisfaction and even occupants' sleep cycles. According to sustainability-minded architects, POE is a prerequisite to closing the all-too-frequent gap between predicted and actual performance.

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Originally published in Architectural Record.
Originally published in August 2015