The Approach:

Essential questions only

Respondents only asked questions to which they know the answers

No speculative questions

Everything is in plain English

Quantitative and qualitative data collected

Takes 5 to 15 minutes to complete

The BUS methodology has been created from thirty years of continuous development in building use studies for post occupancy evaluation.

The method was developed and refined during the 1990’s when it was used for the seminal series of government funded PROBE building performance evaluation studies regularly published in the industry press. It has been used on the Carbon Trust’s Low Carbon Accelerator and Low Carbon Building Programme and also on the Technology Strategy
Board’s Building Performance Evaluation programme.

Most BUS methodology outputs are not in the public domain. A notable exception is the series of Probe post-occupancy studies. Click to here access.

Since the PROBE studies in 1995 BUS methodology has been curated and managed by Adrian Leaman (Building Use Studies Ltd.). 


Adrian Leaman (Building Use Studies Ltd)

Buildings in use can be a lot more complicated than people realise with a host of variables that are constantly changing. The BUS methodology helps to capture as much of this complexity as possible without overwhelming users with too many questions. It highlights both good and less favourable building performance, and it is often within the latter that the best opportunities for rapid improvement can be found.