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Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) - Environmental monitoring

Many buildings do not perform as planned - in some cases this can impact on running costs, staff and client satisfaction and performance, health, safety and comfort. For repeat construction clients, learning from and correcting past mistakes in design and commissioning of buildings can be extremely cost-effective and greatly improve workplace productivity.

Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) through environmental monitoring provides definitive physical measurement data on a building's performance in use. This allows comparisons of its actual performance to be made with both the original design specification and also relevant health-related and environmental standards.

Post-Occupancy Evaluation Environmental Monitoring will:

  • Show if the original building environmental design specifications have been delivered in practice
  • Demonstrate compliance with relevant health-related and environmental standards
  • Highlight problems with the building operation that can be addressed and solved
  • Provide knowledge and examples  that can be used to improve design and procurement on future projects
  • Act as a benchmarking aid to compare:
    • The performance between different types of buildings, ventilation systems, building operation and management
    • The performance of the building over time.

BRE offers a variety of post-occupancy evaluation environmental monitoring services which can be tailored to your individual needs, including the measurement of:  

  • Air pollutants (from outdoors and internally generated)
    • Gases, including CO, CO2, NO, NO2, SO2
    • Particles (mass concentration and size distribution)
    • VOCs
  • Building ventilation rate
  • Comfort conditions (temperature, relative humidity, air movement)
  • Lighting levels
  • Noise levels