RIBA calls for more post occupancy evaluation
New Art Exchange in Nottingham, designed by Hawkins/Brown, where issues with overheating were resolved after a post occupancy evaluation. Photo: Tim Crocker

RIBA calls for more post occupancy evaluation

RIBA has published a report urging the government, local authorities and the wider construction sector to adopt post-occupancy evaluation as standard practice to ensure all new buildings meet intended energy efficiency ratings and provide optimum value for money.

The report calls for a systematic change within the built environment, led by the government and supported by architects and others within the construction sector – including housebuilders who receive Help-to-Buy government loans.

RIBA recommends:

  • The government require POE as a condition for all publicly funded buildings and housebuilders receiving Help to Buy payments.
  • The National Audit Office (NAO) operate on the assumption that all new publicly funded buildings have undertaken POE and highlight those which have not.
  • Those designing and constructing buildings should highlight the benefits of POE to clients and include POE as standard when bidding for projects. 

RIBA President, Alan Jones, said: “As Dame Judith Hackett noted in her report on the disaster at Grenfell Tower, a complete change in construction industry culture is needed to address issues of quality, safety and sustainability. The message is very clear. We need to embrace a culture of accountability and continuous improvement, and that starts with checking the true performance and impact of buildings on the environment. If the government is serious about reaching net zero by 2050, post cccupancy evaluation must be embedded into all projects that receive full or partial public funding now for the future of our planet and it’s people."

The full report can be downloaded here

Last modified on Thursday, 08 October 2020 15:00