Building-In-Use Assessment: An Occupancy Feedback System

  • Jacqueline C. Vischer


Building-In-Use Assessment is a measuring tool to evaluate workspace from the point of view of the people using it. BIU Assessment produces data in a form that can easily be used by decision-makers to make changes to the workspace that they are sure will improve functional comfort and therefore the ability of workers to get their work done. Building-In-Use Assessment is not a research approach to the evaluation of buildings, like Post-Occupancy Evaluation. It is an action approach: it provides a measurement of occupants’ perception of the physical environment in a readily understood and actionable form.


Design Team Office Building Office Space Facility Staff Building Occupant 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    There are other published systems for evaluating functional comfort. See for example, Performance of Buildings and Serviceability of Facilities eds. G.Davis and F.Ventre, Philadelphia ASTM, 1990; and Rohles, F.H., Woods, J.E., and Morey, P.R. “Indoor Environment Acceptability: the Development of a Rating Scale” ASHRAE Transactions,95, pt. 1, 1989, pp.23-27; see also Chapter 4 of F. Becker, The Total Workplace,(see Chapter 2).Google Scholar
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    For a complete account of the development of this system, see, Jacqueline Vischer, Environmental Quality In Offices,New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989.Google Scholar
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    A technical account of this process is included in the Appendix.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    See Environmental Quality In Offices for details.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    As reported in Environmental Quality In Offices,pp.146-152.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    One well-known and widely-used example of such an approach is the “Managerial Grid”, on which courses and seminars are available throughout North America, and about which several books have been authored by Robert R. Blake and Jane S. Mouton.Google Scholar

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