BEST: What Happens Next?

So, you’ve built the project, delivered it and the end user has moved in – but how do you know the facility works and what is its energy performance?

10th July 2015

Post occupancy analysis is something the construction industry used to take for granted. 

We used to build a scheme, deliver it on time and in budget (ideally) and move onto the next project. But that was in the old days. Now, with a focus on whole life costs and energy management there is a tacit understanding that the construction team has a vested interest in the success of the buildings and facilities they deliver. And, if the industry is to continue to improve then it needs to know how those buildings perform after the end user has moved in – not just once the customer has taken possession. 

And crucially, we need to know how the energy performance of the building is functioning and the only way to do that is a thorough assessment after occupancy. 

The post occupancy assessment course running next week on Wednesday, 15th July at The Halliwell Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David will provide knowledge and understanding of post-occupancy assessment methodologies for non-domestic buildings. Participants will be able to better recognise ways in which to optimise building energy performance and occupant comfort, with an aim to achieving continual improvements over time. 

Participants will develop their understanding of how energy use and building users relate to one another, addressing questions such as: ‘Is the building meeting the needs of those who use it?’ and, conversely, ‘What effects do the actions of the users have on the energy performance of the building?’ 

The course will explore the potential for achieving good energy performance and occupant satisfaction simultaneously. 

For more information and to register: Elizabeth Doe - Course Tutor

Tel: 029 2087 5947 Email: doeec1@cardiff.ac.uk