Post-occupancy monitoring of two flats in Madrid: development and assessment of a mixed methods methodology

Elena Cuerda, F.J. Neila Gonzalez, F.J. Neila Gonzalez, O. Guerra-Santin

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Recent research has shown large differences between the expected and the actual energy consumption in buildings. The differences have been attributed partially, to the assumptions made during the design phase of buildings when simulation methods are employed. More accurate occupancy profiles on building operation could help to carry out more precise building performance calculations. This study focuses on the post-occupancy evaluation of two apartments, one renovated and one non renovated, in Madrid within the same building complex. The aim of this paper is to present an application of the mixed-methods methodology (Creswell 2007) to assess thermal comfort and occupancy practices used in the case studies, and to discuss the shortcomings and opportunities associated with it. The mixed-methods methodology offers strategies for integrating qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate complex phenomena. This approach is expected to contribute to the growing knowledge of occupants’ behaviour and building performance by explaining the differences observed between energy consumption and thermal comfort in relation to people’s saving and comfort practices and the related experiences, preferences and values.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA2015 Architecture in (R)Evolution
Subtitle of host publication31st International PLEA Conference – Bologna 9-11 September
EditorsMario Cucinella, Giulia Pentella, Alba Fagnani, Luca D’Ambrosio
PublisherAssociation of Building Green Futures
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-88-941163-1-1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventPLEA2015 Architecture in (R)Evolution - Bologna, Italy
Duration: 9 Sep 201511 Sep 2015


ConferencePLEA2015 Architecture in (R)Evolution


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