POE can evidence the company ethos and brand. By using POEresearch, a practice can develop specialisms in their line of work. Sharingthis information can help establish a practices as a leader in the field,providing a platform to influence future clients in investing in a good servicethrough the evidence lift by the POE Using POE also reduces risks by providing information and evidenceof previous projects as a basis for making decisions that can be developed byclients in the long term and adjusted to take into account issues such asclimate changePOE is best taken as a collaborative process, especially along theway. This would mean that any problems or issues that arises can get solvedquickly. It also means that by doing POE as you go along a project, yourcollaborators will see you as more of a professional and overall be moresatisfied with the job.
It could mean that people, especially clients will bewilling to recommend or work with you again.”To be a professional is to have a custody of a body of knowledge”(Building knowledge). By developing POE, architects can demonstrate and developthe effectiveness of what architects so, diminishing the sterotypes of anarchitect. By collaborating with academice architects can gain access toexpertise and resources to undertake a robust POE effectively which givescredibility to findings and analysis.Carrying out POE on a series of projects creates a cycle oflearning and improvement. By undertaking POE across a number of projects,architects can compare between buildings of a similar typology (ie houses,offices, schools etc.).
This will help highlight and develop strengths withinthe practice whilst also identifying weaknesses, which although is one of thethings architects are afraid of, would help reduce those weaknesses.On a completed building, carrying out POE can help architects andclients see the difference the design solution was and compare the improvementsit has made, giving the architects more credibility and displaying the value anarchitect can bring to a project.A simple yet effective method of POE is just simply a buildingwalk though.
But doing this the architect, can gain insight of how a buildingis being used. Another way to hold a round table type meeting where focusgroups can indicate what has worked and what hasn’t from a user’s perspectiveThere are creative ways in which a practice can carry out POEmaking use of an architect’s creative talent such as mapping, sketching andphotography. Encouragement of creative POE can be encouraged to help anarchitect be more enthusiastic about doing it.Another simple method of POE is energy and environmentalmonitoring. This can help determine whether the building is performing asintended, it can also reveal how occupants behave in the building and whatimpact it has on the building itself. This can help determine how the buildingis managed can be improved on by educating users how to use it efficiently. Theenvironmental factor can also draw out a link between user satisfaction and theenvironment of the building”POE is central to understanding, benchmarking and improving thecontribution architecture can make to the wellbeing of people and theenvironment over the long term” (building knowledge) this includes measuring ofresources efficiency and biodiversity.
As well as the impact of the environmenton, for example, student learning, staff productivity, patient health and wellbeing