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Abed, A, Ali, H, Ibrahim, A and Wedyan, M (2023) Impact of setbacks on thermal comfort and visual privacy in detached houses in Jordan. Building Research & Information, 51(04), 446–58.

Boissonneault, A and Peters, T (2023) Concepts of performance in post-occupancy evaluation post-probe: a literature review. Building Research & Information, 51(04), 369–91.

Elsayed, M, Romagnoni, P, Pelsmakers, S, Castaño-Rosa, R and Klammsteiner, U (2023) The actual performance of retrofitted residential apartments: post-occupancy evaluation study in Italy. Building Research & Information, 51(04), 411–29.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Post-occupancy evaluation (POE); occupant satisfaction; indoor environmental quality (IEQ); energy-efficient retrofit;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2022.2121908
  • Abstract:
    Housing retrofits are undertaken to reduce energy use and to improve ‘occupants’ indoor environmental conditions. Despite increased retrofitting of the Italian housing stock, there is a lack of data on their energy use and indoor environmental quality (IEQ). This paper fills this gap by a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) study of seven retrofitted apartments in northern Italy; a non-retrofitted case study was included as a comparison. The study aimed to understand aspects of IEQ and occupant satisfaction after energy-efficiency retrofits. A mixed-method approach encompassed occupant satisfaction surveys, energy bill comparisons, in-situ indoor air temperature, and relative humidity measurements. Results highlighted ‘occupants’ thermal comfort improvement and heating energy consumption reduction after retrofits. Furthermore, reported preferred indoor temperatures w within a broader range than the recommended Italian regulations and CIBSE guide A standard. However, some participants reported unintended consequences, including mould growth and noise from the mechanical ventilation system. This study shows the potential of POE to understand the actual performance of retrofitted residential buildings. However, the difficulties of conducting a POE in retrofitted existing residential buildings show the need of further research on how to effectively conduct POE in retrofitted residential buildings, including improved digital quality monitoring methods.

Perez-Bezos, S, Grijalba, O and Hernandez-Minguillon, R J (2023) Multifactorial approach to indoor environmental quality perception of social housing residents in Northern Spain. Building Research & Information, 51(04), 392–410.

Rotimi, F, Burfoot, M, Naismith, N, Mohaghegh, M and Brauner, M (2023) A systematic review of the mental health of women in construction: future research directions. Building Research & Information, 51(04), 459–80.

Sadek, A H and Willis, J (2023) Forms of environmental support: The roles that contemporary outpatient oncology settings play in shaping patient experience. Building Research & Information, 51(04), 481–500.

Zhong, Z and Gou, Z (2023) High-rise apartment quality evaluation and related demographic factors: lesson from RentSafeTO programme. Building Research & Information, 51(04), 430–45.