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Accelerate Live! talk: The next frontier of post-occupancy evaluations

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), ZGF Architects’ Chris Chatto outlines methods for conducting meaningful, holistic evaluations from design to occupancy.


“P-O-E.” No, we’re not talking about Edgar Allen Poe. We’re talking post occupancy evaluation, the process that seeks to quantify the extent to which buildings benefit the health, welfare, and productivity of building users.

From apps to SurveyMonkey reports from employees, post occupancy evaluation has become all the rage. But how do you conduct a meaningful, holistic evaluation from design to occupancy? 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago),  ZGF Architects’ Chris Chatto discuss this next frontier of post-occupancy evaluation. 

Grounded in best practices and lessons learned from projects, including the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Innovation Center, this talk addresses how new initiatives must be combined with traditional measurement and verification methods to develop a more holistic POE—one that includes utility resource use, environmental conditions, occupant satisfaction, and the holy grail: occupant productivity.


Chris Flint Chatto, Assoc. AIA
Principal, ZGF Architects
Chris Flint Chatto is a Principal and high-performance building specialist at ZGF. He focuses on integrating architectural design and building systems, working closely with project teams throughout all phases of a project to explore, identify and integrate sustainable design components, and optimize for building and occupant performance. His recent Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center project has been hailed as one of the highest performing buildings in the U.S., achieving Living Building Challenge petal certification with Net Zero Energy, and LEED Platinum certification, while operating "net positive."


Takeaways and recap from BD+C's 2018 Accelerate Live! innovation conference


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