Buildings Behaving Badly... are our buildings performing as designed?

14/11/2013 09:00
14/11/2013 17:00


The Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN


14th November 2013, 9am-5pm


Members - £99.00
Non-Members - £135.00

Event Description

A new one-day seminar from The Green Register...

Many construction professionals understand that, even with the best intentions, there can be a big difference between the predicted energy performance and the actual energy use when the building is handed over. And these gaps can be huge – some buildings can use over three times the amount of energy for heating, electricity and water. Is this gap due to design flaws, or unrealistic predictions; poor construction, installation and commissioning; inadequate hand-over, leading to ineffective building operation; occupant habits;…or a combination?

This seminar will address three issues central to solving this conundrum:

  • Why do we miss targets despite an ever-increasing understanding of the issues?
  • Where are the biggest gaps between design and actual performance?
  • How to close the gap: an introduction to Building Performance Evaluation

The seminar opens with an introduction by The Green Register's Director, Lucy Pedler and is followed by two presentations on building performance evaluation from Ian Mawditt of Four Walls and Ian Orme of BSRIA. Both Ians will discuss the early findings from the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) programme.

After morning coffee, Judit Kimpian, an architect and director of AEDAS architects’ research team, will take delegates through the new and improved CarbonBuzz platform. This is the repository of all data from the TSB projects and shares BPE across many commercial projects, warts and all. The morning concludes with an open debate with all speakers.

After lunch, Ian Mawditt, Mike Soldner from Save and Generate and Lucy Pedler share their own experiences of eco-retrofits by presenting three domestic refurbishments that illustrate some of the challenges and technical solutions to upgrading older buildings.

Topics include: best practice insulation installation, avoiding thermal bridging and thermal bypass, construction processes and strategies, the pro’s and con’s of monitoring equipment, installing renewable energy technologies in existing buildings and the thorny issue of whether energy retrofitting works in practice. Mike concludes with a local perspective on Bristol’s role in the future of retrofitting.

Delegates will take away a full understanding of the pitfalls of retrofitting and how to use relevant technical solutions to narrow the performance gap.

About the Organiser

The Green Register
The Green Register of Construction Professionals aims to raise awareness of sustainable building issues across all sectors of the construction industry, provide a pre-selected list of construction professionals for potential clients, deliver a wide range of training events and provide national, regional and local fora for networking between professionals. The network provides a vital link between professionals and their clients ranging from homeowners through to businesses and social housing providers. For further information on joining, please contact us using the details above.

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