07 December 2015

Building performance evaluation research brochure launched at a national conference on building better buildings

The Low Carbon Building (LCB) Group of the School of Architecture and Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Oxford Brookes University hosted a successful conference on Building Performance Evaluation, attended by nearly 90 delegates. The national conference, which was held in Oxford Brookes University on 26 November 2015 under the Building Better Buildings series, was organised by Professor Rajat Gupta in collaboration with the Zero Carbon Hub and supported by Innovate UK, Government’s innovation agency.

A wide range of academics, practitioners including architects, housing providers, local authorities and industry partners attended the event, which included presentations from researchers, architects, housing providers and end users involved in Innovate UK’s £8m national research programme on Building Performance Evaluation.

Researchers from the Low Carbon Building group shared insights from their cutting-edge portfolio of research on building performance evaluation of domestic and non-domestic buildings, so as to highlight the latest learnings to de-mystify the performance gap between design intent and actual outcomes.

The conference also saw the launch of the Low Carbon Building Group’s Building Performance Evaluation research booklet. The conference presentations are availablehere.

LCB group’s forthcoming next generation of BPE research projects and initiatives were also introduced, which are about linking indoor environmental conditions and occupant productivity (WLP+), developing feedback and feed forward system to improve flow of information through the supply chain (HAPI), demonstrating insurance-backed warranty for whole life housing energy performance (I-LIFE) and monitoring positive energy settlements (Zero Plus).

Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of the Low Carbon Building Group and Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development said:

"The conference provided a valuable opportunity to discuss the findings of our building performance evaluation research from multiple perspectives (architect, building user, developer), and extract wider lessons for practice and policy, so as to minimise the gap between intended performance and actual performance of buildings."

Rob Pannel, Managing Director of the Zero Carbon Hub said:

"The BPE event in Oxford Brookes University was a huge success. We felt the quality of the presentations were of an extremely high standard. The feedback forms completed by the delegates were really positive with all delegates indicating they'd return for another event. It was really the best event of the Building Better Buildings series."

The conference presentations are available here.