Delivering building performance

Dr Mark Dowson, leader of the ‘Building Performance’ task group at Buro Happold will be presenting at IBPSA 2017 in San Francisco, the largest building simulation conference in the world.

The three-part session entitled “Integrated Decision Making and Building Performance Simulation” presents the findings from a collaborative project focussed on assessing the total building performance of low carbon buildings in China and the UK.

The first session will introduce a newly developed innovative building performance tool, which combines qualitative and quantitative approaches to system dynamics to statistically analyse building performance simulation data sets.

The second part is a ‘fast paced’ panel discussion on energy performance contracting to achieve a DEC (Display Energy Certificate) A-rating, focussing on lessons from case studies in the UK and China.

The final session will be a debate on whether simple or complex buildings are better to deliver building performance. The team will run a brief poll at the start to reveal the audiences initial opinion on the issue then at the end, the same poll will be run again to find out how the opinions shifted as well as to reveal which panellists were more convincing in their arguments.

The team includes academics and industry practitioners from University College London, Tsinghua University, Plymouth University, Buro Happold and CarbonBuzz.

As part of the event, Mark Dowson will be talking about the lessons learnt from some of our most recent post occupancy evaluation studies. This includes the ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ One Angel Square Building in Manchester where Dr Tristan Gerrish, has been visualising building performance data from the Building Management System (BMS) directly in the BIM model as a tool for improved facilities management. In addition, Mark will discuss findings from the David Attenborough Building post-occupancy evaluation in Cambridge and upcoming plans for undertaking real-time calibration of building performance data on the Newcastle University Urban Sciences Building due to open in September 2017. You can find out more about our building performance capabilities here.

One Angel Square BMS visualisation Created by Dr Tristan Gerrish

Mark Dowson is an Associate in our London Sustainability Team. He holds and industrial Engineering Doctorate and is a CIBSE Low Carbon Energy Assessor.

About IBPSA 2017

The 15th International Conference of IBPSA (the International Building Performance Simulation Association) is the premier opportunity for researchers, simulation practitioners, and building industry professionals from around the world to meet and share information about exciting developments in the field of building performance simulation and advanced building systems. Sessions cover both research and advanced practice in the areas of energy simulation, airflow and natural ventilation, thermal comfort, lighting and daylighting, acoustics, and more.

The event runs from 7th-9th August at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco, California, USA. For further details see:

About our building performance task group

The Buro Happold Building Performance task group is the driving force ensuring we have a fantastic portfolio of buildings that are high performing, meeting their design intent on key metrics such as resource efficiency & user satisfaction and with the evidence to back it up. We will deliver building performance by identifying the shortcoming in how we have designed buildings to date, improve our design process, and use processes such as Soft Landings, aftercare, commissioning and POE to better understand how our buildings are performing and feed forward lessons learnt.

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