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Energies 2017, 10(10), 1459; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10101459

Case Studies of Environmental Visualization

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School of Engineering and the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham B5 5JU, UK
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Hodkinson Consultancy, 59-65 Lowlands Road, Harrow HA1 3AW, UK
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Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE), University College London, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN, UK
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Department of Architectural Engineering, University of Sharjah, P. O. Box 27272 Sharjah, UAE
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Received: 23 August 2017 / Revised: 15 September 2017 / Accepted: 19 September 2017 / Published: 21 September 2017
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Abstract

The performance gap between simulation and reality has been identified as a major challenge to achieving sustainability in the Built Environment. While Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) surveys are an integral part of better understanding building performance, and thus addressing this issue, the importance of POE remains relatively unacknowledged within the wider Built Environment community. A possible reason that has been highlighted is that POE survey data is not easily understood and utilizable by non-expert stakeholders, including designers. A potential method by which to address this is the visualization method, which has well established benefits for communication of big datasets. This paper presents two case studies where EnViz (short for “Environmental Visualization”), a prototype software application developed for research purposes, was utilized and its effectiveness tested via a range of analysis tasks. The results are discussed and compared with those of previous work that utilized variations of the methods presented here. The paper concludes by presenting the lessons drawn from the five-year period of EnViz, emphasizing the potential of environmental visualization for decision support in environmental design and engineering for the built environment, and suggests directions for future development. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermal comfort; post occupancy evaluation; performance gap thermal comfort; post occupancy evaluation; performance gap
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Patlakas, P.; Koronaios, G.; Raslan, R.; Neighbour, G.; Altan, H. Case Studies of Environmental Visualization. Energies 2017, 10, 1459.

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