"The purpose of this symposium is to report on progress in the International Building Performance Evaluation (IBPE) project, which includes nine member countries at this time. In Phase I of the project, a "Universal Toolkit" is being developed for data gathering and analysis techniques. This toolkit will have culture-specific modifier modules attached to it which reflect different countries' and cultures' office space allocation, utilization, ambient environment, and other relevant performance criteria. Pilot evaluation projects on intelligent office buildings are being carried out in the participating countries with the purpose of refining the methodology and toolkit, as well as to develop the culture-specific modules further. Eventually, the "Universal Toolkit," the case studies, as well as the modules, will form the basis for a book. The symposium will report and debate examples of specific case study evaluations."