chapter  2
12 Pages

A conceptual framework for building performance evaluation

WithWolfgang F.E. Preiser and Ulrich Schramm

Editorial comment Building performance evaluation (BPE), as conceptualized by the authors, grew out of postoccupancy evaluation (POE), an established research method to evaluate buildings at different levels of effort and sophistication after they are occupied. According to the editors’ search of the literature, the first publication with the term ‘post-occupancy evaluation’ in its title goes back to the 1970s (McLaughlin, 1975). From the specific focus on this phase of building occupancy, as explained in Chapter 7, the POE process model was expanded into an integrative framework for building performance evaluation (Preiser and Schramm, 1997). An important feature of this framework was the time dimension, which took into consideration the complex nature of performance evaluation in the building delivery cycle, as well as the entire life cycle of buildings. The six phases of the 1997 ‘integrative framework for BPE’ are: (1) strategic planning, (2) programming, (3) design, (4) construction, (5) occupancy, (6) adaptive reuse/recycling.