The other half of the picture: Post-occupancy evaluation for alignment of space and pedagogy
AuthorNewton, C; Cleveland, B
Source TitleLIVING AND LEARNING: RESEARCH FOR A BETTER BUILT ENVIRONMENT
AffiliationArchitecture, Building and Planning
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsNewton, C. & Cleveland, B. (2015). The other half of the picture: Post-occupancy evaluation for alignment of space and pedagogy. Crawford, RH (Ed.) Stephan, A (Ed.) LIVING AND LEARNING: RESEARCH FOR A BETTER BUILT ENVIRONMENT, pp.588-897. Architectural science.
Access StatusOpen Access
Prefabricated relocatable learning environments form an important component of school infrastructure in Australia but their light-weight construction means they often require air-conditioning for a comfortable indoor environment quality (IEQ). The ‘envi Sustainable Education Spaces’ were recently constructed by the Department of Education and Technology (DET) in Victoria to showcase a more sustainable alternative to the traditional ‘relocatables'. Evaluation had been undertaken by others to assess the design ambitions to reduce operational energy by 90% and lifecycle emissions of CO2 production by 50%. What was not known was how the spaces accommodated learning and learners. This was the focus of research undertaken by the authors in 2014. In this paper, we present the methodology and findings and argue a case for holistic post-occupancy evaluation in order to paint a more complete picture regarding the costs and benefits of innovative spaces even when innovation is primarily focused on environmental benefits. The research applies a mixed methods approach, utilising quantitative and qualitative data. Commentary by students and staff on the indoor environment quality, including acoustics and temperature, provides useful cross-linking data with earlier studies. This research is part of broader research on prefabricated learning environments undertaken by the authors and others.
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