A systematic post-occupancy evaluation in green-rated high-rise office buildings

Woo, J 2014, 'A systematic post-occupancy evaluation in green-rated high-rise office buildings', in F. Madeo (ed.) Proceedings of Across: Architectural Research through to Practice: 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2014, Genoa, Italy, 10 - 13 December 2014, pp. 1-12.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title A systematic post-occupancy evaluation in green-rated high-rise office buildings
Author(s) Woo, J
Year 2014
Conference name ASA 2014
Conference location Genoa, Italy
Conference dates 10 - 13 December 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of Across: Architectural Research through to Practice: 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2014
Editor(s) F. Madeo
Publisher Genova University Press
Place of publication Genova, Italy
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Abstract This paper investigates indoor environmental parameters and their interaction with building occupants in green-rated high-rise office buildings. Although the focus of Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) in green buildings has been shifted from building energy and environmental performance towards building occupants who are the primary users of buildings to identify a potential for increased productivity in green buildings, the link between green design strategies - consequently indoor environmental parameters, and building occupants has not been fully identified yet. The methodology involves a systematic POE of four green-rated buildings in Seoul, Korea. By analysing both physical measurement and occupant evaluation data collected from Korean office workers, this paper demonstrates the commonalities and differences between objective physical conditions and subjective occupant evaluations. While the green-rated buildings have green features including solar panels, rainwater and grey water systems, the most considerable features of green building such as natural ventilation and operable windows are not actively used. While the occupant perceptions of the indoor environment seem to be correlated to each indoor environmental parameter of the buildings, some subjective evaluations tend to show stronger correlations with other environmental parameters. Health symptoms such as fatigue, headache and dry throat tend to increase with 'underfloor' ventilation systems.
Subjects Building Science and Techniques
Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Keyword(s) Post-occupancy evaluation (POE)
green buildings
building occupants
objective and subjective data
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