Using POE also reduces risks by providing information
and evidence of previous projects as a basis for making decisions that can be
developed by clients in the long term and adjusted to consider issues such as
“To be a
professional is to have a custody of a body of knowledge” (Building knowledge).
By developing POE, architects can demonstrate and develop the effectiveness of
what architects so. Collaborating with academic, architects can gain access to
expertise and resources to undertake a robust POE effectively which gives
credibility to findings and analysis.
Carrying out POE on a series of projects creates a cycle
of learning and improvement. By undertaking POE across many projects,
architects can compare between buildings of a similar typology (ie houses,
offices, schools etc.). This will help highlight and develop strengths within
the practice whilst also identifying weaknesses, which although is one of the
things architects are afraid of, would help reduce those weaknesses.
On a completed building, carrying out POE can help
architects and clients see the difference the design solution was and compare
the improvements it has made, giving the architects more credibility and
displaying the value an architect can bring to a project.
There are creative ways in which a practice can carry
out POE making use of an architect’s creative talent such as mapping, sketching
and photography. Encouragement of creative POE can be encouraged to help an
architect be more enthusiastic about doing it.
Another simple method of POE is energy and environmental
monitoring. This can help determine whether the building is performing as
intended, it can also reveal how occupants behave in the building and what
impact it has on the building itself. This can help determine how the building
is managed can be improved on by educating users how to use it efficiently. The
environmental factor can also draw out a link between user satisfaction and the
environment of the building
“POE is central to understanding, benchmarking and
improving the contribution architecture can make to the wellbeing of people and
the environment over the long term” (building knowledge) this includes
measuring of resources efficiency and biodiversity. As well as the impact of
the environment on, for example, student learning, staff productivity, patient
health and well being