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Case Studies of the Effectiveness of 4D Building Performance Visualisation

Patlakas, P; Koronaios, G; Raslan, RM; Altan, H; (2016) Case Studies of the Effectiveness of 4D Building Performance Visualisation. In: ZEMCH 2016 International Conference Proceeding, 20th-23rd December 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ZEMCH Green open access

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Abstract

The performance gap between simulation and reality has been identified as a major challenge to achieving sustain ability 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 utilisable by non - expert stakeholders, including designers. A potential method by which to address this is visualisation, whose benefits in communicating big datasets are well - established. This paper presents two case studies where EnViz, a prototype software application developed for research purposes, was utilised and its effectiveness tested via a range of analysis tasks. Both case studies refer to buildings in central London, and included data collected from POE studies as part of bigger projects. In the first case study, the effectiveness of the application compared to standard tables and graphs was measured via a web survey of 100 participants. In the second case study, a group of 10 participants undertook a range of tasks in order to evaluate how EnViz, and 3D/4D visualisation more generally, allowed them to comprehend POE data and thus influence their decision - making when it comes to applying environmental design fundamentals. The results are discussed and compared with those of previous work that utilised 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 visualisation for decision support in environmental design and engineering for the built environment, and suggests directions for future development.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Case Studies of the Effectiveness of 4D Building Performance Visualisation
Event: 5th International Conference on Zero Energy Mass Customised Housing - ZEMCH 2016
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dates: 20 December 2016 - 23 December 2016
ISBN-13: 978-967-11236-9-0
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.zemch.org/literary_references
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 ZEMCH Network. All rights reserved. The final publication, Patlakas, P; Koronaios, G; Raslan, RM; Altan, H; (2017) Case Studies of the Effectiveness of 4D Building Performance Visualisation. In: Hashemi, A. (Ed.), ZEMCH 2016 International Conference Proceeding, 20th-23rd December 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (ISBN: 978-967-11236-9-0), is available at ZEMECH Network via http://www.zemch.org/literary_references
Keywords: Post-occupancy evaluation, 4D Visualisation, performance gap
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1539390
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