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Title: Assimilating total building performance mandates with Chinese geomancy principles and scenarios
Authors: Pheng, L.S. 
Xiaopeng, D.
Ting, Q.L.
Keywords: Building industry
Chinese geomancy
Total building performance
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Pheng, L.S., Xiaopeng, D., Ting, Q.L. (2012). Assimilating total building performance mandates with Chinese geomancy principles and scenarios. Facilities 30 (13) : 558-589. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Purpose: The ancient principles of Chinese geomancy appear to share the same goal as total building performance (TBP) in delivering an optimal environment for occupants that promotes their well-being. This research aims to evaluate the relevance and applicability of Chinese geomancy principles and scenarios with respect to the six TBP mandates. Design/methodology/approach: The Chinese geomancy concepts vary from considerations relating to openings and colours to surrounding amenities and building height. The assimilated principles and scenarios in both domains are tested through a survey questionnaire of 32 building professionals in Singapore. Findings: The t-test statistics indicate that 25 of the 26 Chinese geomancy principles and 12 of the 20 Chinese geomancy scenarios are significantly applicable for the TBP mandates at the 95 per cent confidence interval. This supports the hypothesis that there are common denominators between Chinese geomancy and TBP. Practical implications: The research examines Chinese geomancy's Form Theory, Yin and Yang Theory, the Classical Compass School and the Black Sect School with respect to the six building performance mandates in terms of the psychological, physiological, sociological and economic aspects. Chinese geomancy principles and scenarios are assimilated in the context of the TBP mandates with the support of evidence from existing literature. Originality/value: This research provides a back to the basics, macro perspective of the relevance and applicability of Chinese geomancy principles and scenarios with respect to TBP and reveals possible limitations in actual application. However, it also observes that specific scenarios of Chinese geomancy concerning openings, key occupancy locations, building height, trees and roads are not applicable for all contexts. Further research should be carried out to identify the reasons for the inapplicability of certain scenarios, which are caused by different climatic and cultural context of applications, failure to account for technological advancement, and the evolution of Chinese geomancy since time immemorial. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Source Title: Facilities
ISSN: 02632772
DOI: 10.1108/02632771211270568
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