Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) helps project teams and building owners and tenants improve the performance of their buildings. The aim of POE is to identify opportunities for improvement and dovetail those suggestions with the organisation’s operational constraints.

Six Cylinder has experience with a range of typologies, including housing, offices, schools, restaurants, and community and public buildings. We can offer evaluations which meet BREEAM requirements, Good Homes Alliance Standards for ‘proof of performance‘, as well as to support seasonal commissioning.

A basic post-occupancy evaluation consists of the following elements:

  • Benchmarked Annual Energy Survey (CIBSE TM-22)
  • Occupant Survey to understand how the environmental conditions and features support the building users.
  • Interview with Facilities Managers to understand operational and maintenance issues
  • Forensic walk-through of the building to understand and document issues

BREEAM-compliant Post Occupancy Evaluations consist of the following elements:

  • Benchmarked Annual Energy Survey (CIBSE TM-22) + annual water use analysis
  • A Hindsight Review Interviews with the delivery team and senior users to identify lessons learned regarding the design, construction, procurement and handover processes
  • Design Documentation Review to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Occupant Survey to understand how the environmental conditions and features support the building users.
  • Interview with Facilities Managers to understand operational and maintenance issues
  • Forensic walk-through of the building to understand and document issues
  • Renewable Systems Review to understand the operational issues with key low-carbon systems

More detailed evaluations can be carried out, which look at specific aspects of building performance.

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