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Committee on the Environment (COTE): Post Occupancy Evaluation
February 26 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Post Occupancy Evaluation: Understanding How Our Buildings Are Really Used
1 AIA Health, Safety, Welfare (HWS) Learning Unit
A Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) is a tool and methodology that allows us to better understand how a given building actually performs and is utilized. POE’s, often seen as a component of sustainable building rating systems, are utilized by designers and building managers to improve unforeseen conditions in newly constructed buildings and as a guide for future building design and planning. The POE design, implementation, and analysis can significantly impact the results and the relevancy of any corresponding corrective action.
1. A Post Occupancy Evaluation will be defined, with examples, and address the many benefits that a properly conducted POE will provide to a building owner and design teams.
2. The best practices of designing a POE (establishing the process), based on the desired output or conditions to be analyzed, will be reviewed.
3. The manner in which a POE is implemented can affect the results. The selection of the tools to be used (and how to use them) throughout the POE process will be discussed.
4. Evaluating and analyzing the results, then selecting the appropriate corrective action where necessary is the final step of the process. Appropriate reaction to the results of the POE, including ongoing evaluation, will be addressed.
Jeff Gaines AIA, AICP, WELL & LEED AP BD+C is a Corporate Director and Principal at Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. where he serves as the Director of Design, Planning and Sustainability. With over 30 years of experience in the fields of architecture, planning, and urban design, Mr. Gaines is committed to sustainable design and planning solutions that improve the well-being of those that occupy and are affected by the resulting built environments. He is the past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Detroit Regional Chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council, an organization that he has been involved with since its formation. He is also actively involved in the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association.