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In-use monitoring of buildings: an overview and classification of evaluation methods

Guerra Santin, Olivia and Tweed, Aidan Christopher 2015. In-use monitoring of buildings: an overview and classification of evaluation methods. Energy and Buildings 86 , pp. 176-189. 10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.10.005

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Abstract

Differences between the expected and the actual performance of buildings have been attributed partly to the influence of occupants; post-occupancy evaluations have thus gained more importance in the last years. There are a variety of methods to evaluate the performance of buildings. However, many of them are expensive, time consuming, intrusive or require expert knowledge, and thus, it has been difficult to embed them in practice. This investigation seeks to categorise the methods according to their purpose and usability to provide feedback. This study aims at linking different types of evaluation methods to different purposes for monitoring buildings. The objective is providing with the information needed to set up and carry out the monitoring of a building in-use. This overview was based on the experience of the authors in a number of non-domestic and domestic case studies, and on literature review. The study shows that the selection of the evaluation methods should be made according to the objective of the evaluation, the depth and nature of the study, the audience of the feedback, and the resources available for the evaluation. The relationship between all these factors have been studied and represented visually for a better comprehension of the methods.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy; Building performance; Post-occupancy; Monitoring; Occupant behaviour; Thermal comfort.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0378-7788
Date of Acceptance: 4 October 2014
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 16:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/67922

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