Report on delivering building performance launched
BuroHappold Engineering and the UK Green Building Council have launched the industry’s most advanced report on Delivering Building Performance. Focusing on the importance of collaboration throughout the value-chain, the report contains insights at the forefront of sustainability and building performance delivery.
It highlights process improvements that clients, design, construction and property professionals, as well as occupiers, might adopt to deliver buildings which perform more predictably in operation and enable the industry to deliver higher building performance commensurate with the challenge of meeting our carbon targets. The report builds on BuroHappold’s experience of conducting Post Occupancy Evaluations, research from Engineering Doctorates and interviews with UK-GBC members, in addition to desk-based research.
The report sets out the business case for Delivering Building Performance including reduced costs, superior financial performance, and employee recruitment, retention and productivity. The report also highlights the need to ‘meet market demand’ – a benefit supported by the recent World Green Building Trends survey, which found that over a third of companies surveyed expect to have at least 60% of their building projects certified green by 2018.
‘We are delighted to have worked with the UK Green Buildings Council on the development of a new approach to delivering building performance. Experience tells us that across the industry, the use of compliance models to predict operational performance is unreliable, controls are often incorrectly commissioned and a lack of soft landings and aftercare result in poor building performance. Our challenge has been to close the performance gap and in doing so we’re thrilled to be part of an approach that delivers triple bottom line benefits to people, the planet and profit.’
Duncan Price, Director Sustainability, BuroHappold Engineering
The Delivering Building performance recommendation five key success factors. These factors are:
Setting a simple target – at the very least for energy (kWh/m2) – helps to create a common language and shared aspirations across the delivery process.
Collaborative contracting, with performance guaranteed and control maintained throughout the delivery process helps to ensure predictable outcomes.
- DESIGN FOR PERFORMANCE
Performance improves when aspirations are not limited to compliance or, in other words, “going for the ceiling, not the floor”.
Reciprocal links and a commitment to monitor and feedback, particularly during the handover process, is vital. So too is giving time for well documented building commissioning.
Improved knowledge, across the whole value chain, supports good outcomes. This is enabled by participating openly in lesson-sharing activities.