Delivering reliable building performance leads to more efficient buildings at every stage of development
Reduce costs, improve the internal environment, boost productivity and enhance your long term asset value.
Above and beyond
Can high performing, sustainable buildings reduce both construction costs and operating costs? A growing number of occupiers are now expecting building developers and owners to be able to demonstrate the impact of the building on their businesses. This includes having a solid understanding of the expected energy consumption and workplace environment. A sustainable place to work is more likely to attract and retain talent. Furthermore, supporting employee health and wellbeing can lead to improved productivity, which in turn leads to greater profit.
For asset owners, a higher sustainability ranking in the annual GRESB REIT survey correlates to superior financial performance. This recognises that investing in sustainability enhances business performance and lowers exposure to risk and volatility.
World’s best practice
BuroHappold was involved in the design of The Tower, headquarters for the PNC Financial Services group. We have optimised the energy performance of the breathable double skin façade allowing the building to operate passive ventilation for 42% of working hours, whilst being naturally lit for 92% of the day resulting in a 50% reduction of energy use (compared to similar office blocks).
In another example, BuroHappold Engineering designed, monitored and optimised the environmental performance of the Wessex Water’s headquarters building. Having set out to deliver a building which would re-define sustainable office design, our client wanted to be able to demonstrate that they had indeed achieved all they had set out to achieve. A process of post-occupancy monitoring and reporting took place over a three year period.
Improvements were implemented to systems, to the building fabric and to some working practices, which resulted in a 30% reduction in energy consumption of the core office areas. The targets set at the start of the project being achieved. Electricity consumption was reduced over the three years by approximately 20%.
Additionally, there is a very high level of satisfaction amongst staff leading to reduced absenteeism and higher productivity. Recruitment and retention indicators are also good.
Leading the industry with new insights
BuroHappold has been leading investigations into the building performance since 2003. Through Engineering Doctorate studies and conducting post-occupancy performance evaluation with have built up leading knowledge and expertise across a range of sectors and project types. More recently we have gathered unique insights from across the industry as part of the UK –Green Buildings Council Task group on Delivering Building Performance. We have identified ‘Five Key Success Factors’ in delivering building performance and are applying this rounded view to supporting clients to deliver business outcomes.
Our delivering building performance services:
- Stakeholder workshops to establish client aspirations
- Performance modelling and in-use target setting
- Designing for performance, not just compliance
- TM54 modelling and TM22 assessments
- Design enhancements to indoor air quality
- Financial appraisals & business case
- Soft landings champion
- Control strategies and BMS specification
- Post-occupancy evaluation
- Existing portfolio audits