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(OWN-1809) Post Occupancy Evaluation (POEs) of LEED Buildings as a Project Controls Function

Primary Author: Dr Nakisa Alborz

Audience Focus: Advanced
Application Type: Research
Venue: 2015 AACE International Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Abstract: Due to the heightened requests for sustainable projects, the number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings is on the rise nationwide (US) and globally. The new LEED minimum requirement includes reporting of water and energy consumption for 5-years post occupancy. From this new requirement, it is evident post occupancy evaluations (POEs) are gaining momentum; however, simply reporting water and energy is not sufficient to obtain the performance behavior of a building. Although occupant feedback is not part of LEED requirements, findings from such efforts can reduce building life cycle costs and improve occupant comfort, rendering buildings more sustainable in practice. This information is especially valuable to building owners who operate and maintain their buildings.

This paper discusses why POEs should be added to project controls functions, and how they can be implemented in practice. Focus is also placed on the methodology used in the selection, application and analysis of POE indicators. Several case studies are discussed providing practical guidance for project controls professionals to carry out POEs.