(Re)developing for Environmental Performance: Learning from the Occupants' Perspective

Les Presses de' l'Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada
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Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Annual International Conference, 2009, pp. 465 - 471
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This paper presents lessons for futu re buildings that can be learnt from a Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of the Stockland Head Office in Sydney. Designed to improve energy efficiency and workplace quality, the large scale ref urbishment within an existing building is noteworthy in the current climate where approx imately 98% of buildings are older stock that would require refurbishment at some point in the f uture. The study incorpo rales the Building Use Studies (BUS) methodology (to evaluate occupant satisfaction with the work environment and identifies factors that influence user experience in the context of design process and interventions. ongoing building management and building environmental performance. The results from the BUS survey are remarkably good with ....... the overall Summary Index in the top decile of the Australian building data set and top quartile of the International dataset. Outcomes of the study highlight the importance of increased fres h air, daylight, glare control, access to views, noise management and low volatile organic compound (VOC) finishes towards improving indoor environmental quality f or occupants. The positive results in terms of energy consumption and occupant feedback seen here reinforce the value of an integrated approach to building design, development and management that is responsive to user needs.
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