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Coleman, S and Robinson, J B (2018) Introducing the qualitative performance gap: stories about a sustainable building. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 485–500.

Cooper, I (2018) The socialization of building science: the emblematic journey of R. J. Cole. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 463–8.

Jones, P (2018) A ‘smart’ bottom-up whole-systems approach to a zero-carbon built environment. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 566–77.

Kawakubo, S, Murakami, S, Ikaga, T and Asami, Y (2018) Sustainability assessment of cities: SDGs and GHG emissions. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 528–39.

Kohler, N (2018) From the design of green buildings to resilience management of building stocks. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 578–93.

Lützkendorf, T (2018) Assessing the environmental performance of buildings: trends, lessons and tensions. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 594–614.

Lau, K K, Ng, E, Ren, C, Ho, J C, Wan, L, Shi, Y, Zheng, Y, Gong, F, Cheng, V, Yuan, C, Tan, Z and Wong, K S (2018) Defining the environmental performance of neighbourhoods in high-density cities. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 540–51.

Lowe, R, Chiu, L F and Oreszczyn, T (2018) Socio-technical case study method in building performance evaluation. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 469–84.

Oliver, A and Pearl, D S (2018) Rethinking sustainability frameworks in neighbourhood projects: a process-based approach. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 513–27.

Stevenson, F and Baborska-Narozny, M (2018) Housing performance evaluation: challenges for international knowledge exchange. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 501–12.

Tweed, C and Zapata-Lancaster, G (2018) Interdisciplinary perspectives on building thermal performance. Building Research & Information, 46(05), 552–65.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: agency; building performance evaluation (BPE); energy performance; energy-use behaviour; inhabitants; post-occupancy evaluation (PoE); social context; thermal comfort;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2018.1379815
  • Abstract:
    The performance of buildings remains topical, but in many current conversations the definitions of ‘good performance’ are taken for granted. Building performance evaluation tends to be dominated by studies of how buildings behave with reference to technical standards. However, past studies show that the perceptions of good performance are based on broader understandings of what buildings offer, often augmented by interpretations emerging from historical social practices and cultural context. This paper considers different approaches to describing thermal experience as one way to explore what is meant by ‘performance’, arguing that just as the social sciences have enriched earlier approaches to describing relations between people and the thermal environment, there are benefits to embracing humanities-based approaches to describe thermal experience. Architectural theory is replete with examples of a deliberate focus on environmental aspects, but its methods and concepts rarely cross the line from ideation to evaluation. This paper disrupts current notions of building performance evaluation by positing alternative perspectives of how people experience buildings. It discusses how current methods might co-exist with phenomenological insights in ‘thick descriptions’ of how buildings ‘perform’ and considers possible contributions from modes of enquiry in the humanities to describe thermal experience, illustrated by the authors’ research in housing.