Case Studies of Environmental Visualization

Patlakas, Panagiotis and Koronaios, Georgios and Raslan, Rokia and Neighbour, Gareth B and Altan, Hasim (2017) Case Studies of Environmental Visualization. Energies, 10 (10). ISSN 1996-1073

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: thermal comfort; post occupancy evaluation; performance gap
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
UoA Collections > UoA15: General Engineering
Depositing User: Oana-Andreea Dumitrascu
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 08:27
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2017 08:44
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5186

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