POE had a lot of benefits to managing a practice, but also helpingpractices manage a project with cost and sustainability. It also addresses thedifferences between the design proposals and the finished product, and is keyto understanding the wider social economic, environmental and cultural impactsof investing in good designThere are many clients who are willing to pay for servicesof a POE. Examples are clients who are in the commercial public and voluntarysectors tend to want to invest in POE as they have an interest in how theirbuildings are performing and how they could make it more efficient for futureinvestments. They are also driven by a long term investment to enhance theenvironmental performance of a building, reduce costs of a project and alsoincrease productivity and wellbeing.
POE can also be impressive to futureclients when pitching work to them as it justifies the decision to hire thatpractice to carry out the project.There are many forms of POE and ways that practices can takeon them, form light touch POE to a more intensive one. Each POE should betailored to each project to reflect and measure what is important to the clientand also the project team.BenefitsWhilst there are some practices who carry out POE in house,others hire external consultants or academic collaborators to help them draw inresearch expertise.
Ideally the whole team will participate in POE to promoteshared learning and responsibility.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 andevidence of previous projects as a basis for making decisions that can bedeveloped by clients in the long term and adjusted to take into account issuessuch as climate change