Case studies of environmental visualization

Patlakas, Panagiotis; Koronaios, Georgios; Raslan, Rokia; Neighbour, Gareth and Altan, Hasim (2017). Case studies of environmental visualization. Energies, 10(10) p. 1459.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/en10101459

Abstract

The performance gap between simulation and reality has been identified as a major challenge to achieving sustainability in the Built Environment. While Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) surveys are an integral part of better understanding building performance, and thus addressing this issue, the importance of POE remains relatively unacknowledged within the wider Built Environment community. A possible reason that has been highlighted is that POE survey data is not easily understood and utilizable by non-expert stakeholders, including designers. A potential method by which to address this is visualization, whose benefits in communicating big datasets are well-established. This paper presents two case studies where EnViz, a prototype software application developed for research purposes, was utilized and its effectiveness tested via a range of analysis tasks. The results are discussed and compared with those of previous work that utilized variations of the methods presented here. The paper concludes by presenting the lessons drawn from the five-year period of EnViz, emphasizing the potential of environmental visualization for decision support in environmental design and engineering for the built environment, and suggests directions for future development.

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