Indoor Environmental Quality Essay

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The question of how different building features can affect the building users has occupied the attention of many researchers and building industry professionals the last decades. In addition, many are concerned as well about how to use effectively all this knowledge in that way to influence the decisions about the design of the building. According to Vischer (2009) the research on the building performance and use can be characterized as intelligence gaining. The measures taken for assessing building performance include users' experience of environmental comfort and satisfaction, as well as subjective data and measurements related to different building systems. But these data are not strong on their own unless there is no evidence of how…show more content…
These studies was an attempt of recognizing the value of workplace as a business resource and accepting POE within the facilities managers cycle. Generally, POE has a long-standing tradition, which is summarized successfully by Preizer (2002) in the National Academy Report Learning from our Buildings: A State of the Practice Summary of Post Occupancy. The same author's book (Preizer, 2004) Assessing Building Performance, sets strong foundations in understanding different methods of assessing building performance including POE and provides all the necessary knowledge and sample questionnaire tools for conducting POEs. In even simpler and more practical terms POE is explained in British Council for Offices Guide to Post Occupancy Evaluation (2007), which makes POE practices accessible to anyone who is interested. These two text books can be considered as a significant guidance for carrying out these often complex techniques. 2.2 Critical review of studies regarding occupants' satisfaction In recent years building industry has shown growing interest regarding the impact of indoor environmental quality, as scientific studies have revealed that various comfort and health effects are associated with the characteristics of buildings and the indoor environment (ASHRAE, 2001). This has generated a series of studies involving satisfaction. One example is the survey developed by Zagreus et al. (2004), where more than 70 office buildings were tested,
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