Building Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) Studies

It is widely accepted that building occupants have to be engaged as active inhabitants and are an integral part of shaping comfort and optimizing energy use in buildings. This multi-tool POE study series intends to:

— understand the satisfaction of occupants with various aspects of building indoor environment quality;

— evaluate the thermal environment quality of the buildings as perceived by the users (to verify LEED credit 7.2);

— understand how building occupants interact with various building systems and components;

— understand the causes of occupant dissatisfaction and pinpoint areas of concern that may affect comfort and productivity;

— understand how building occupants respond to or cope with the indoor environment when it is unfavorable to them;

— continue the development of a robust and easy to use toolkit for evaluating indoor environmental quality; and

— gather and analyze data to inform future decisions and ultimately improve indoor environment quality.



Hua, Y., Oswald, A., & Yang, X. (2011). Effectiveness of daylighting design and occupant visual satisfaction in a LEED Gold laboratory building, Building and Environment, Vol. 46, No.1, 54-64.