Post occupancy evaluation of passive solar houses in Oregon : the relationship of sources of information and overall satisfaction, areas of satisfaction and problems Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of the study was to assess the post occupancy evaluation of passive solar houses and address the limitations of previous research. First, the sample size was large enough to allow for statistical analysis; second, hypotheses. were tested; and third, an understanding of sources of information and overall satisfaction, areas of satisfaction and problems with passive solar houses, was gained. Data from "Post Occupancy Evaluation of Passive Solar Homes in Oregon," were used for this study. Mail questionnaires were received from 93 respondents who were living in passive solar houses. Chi square statistical tests were used to test relationships between information sources and overall satisfaction, areas of satisfaction and problems with passive solar houses. Based on the results of the Chi square tests, significant relationships were found between: a) the use of magazines and Energy Extension agents as sources of information and the overall satisfaction of living in passive solar houses, b) the area of satisfaction with interior decorating in a passive solar house and the use of books, magazines, architects and builders as informational sources, c) the use of magazines as a source of information and the areas of satisfaction with energy savings, effort and time required to maintain, and overheating of a passive solar house, d) the problem of adequate shading of a passive solar house by deciduous trees and the use of magazines and Energy Extension agents as a source of information, and e) the problem of high windows and other glass areas cleaned and the use of architects as sources of information. The post occupancy evaluation process is based on occupant experience with solar design and allows time for occupants to assess the specific successes and/or failures of the system. Findings of this study provide information for designers, educators, and future occupants to use in making future decisions about important sources of information and types of problems to be faced when incorporating solar designs in house plans.
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