FCE Public Lecture on "Rethinking Building Appraisal: Beyond the Performance Gap"
Current debates about building performance are routinely dominated by the so-called ‘performance gap’. The contention is that occupied buildings do not perform as anticipated at design stage. The underlying assumption is that design choice will dictate the behaviour of building occupants. Despite increasing awareness of thermal comfort and wellbeing, there remains little interest in the mutual shaping of buildings and organisations over time. Post-occupancy evaluation (POE) tends to assess building performance against predetermined technical performance criteria. It hence risks the ossification of standards in a context of perennially shifting and ambiguous ends. Research is described which to seek to re-imagine building appraisal for the modern era, with fundamental implications for the built environment research agenda.