Building Performance Evaluation in the South West - Seminar and Site visit

15/04/2015 13:30
15/04/2015 17:15


The National Composites Centre, Feynman Way Central, Bristol & Bath Science Park, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7FS


15th April 2015, 12.30pm-5.15pm


FREE EVENT: Jointly run by Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Network & The Green Register

Important Notes:

    This is a free event; however all delegates must be registered in advance.

    Registration strictly closes on Sunday 12th April due to venue policy.

    This event is filling fast and we expect it to be full before this closing date. Book early to guarantee your place.

Event Description

Do you:

  • Wonder why non-domestic buildings may not perform as designed?
  • Want to understand how to accurately evaluate your project, post completion?
  • Want to know how others have done?

From schools to supermarkets, offices to heath centres, detached houses to high density flats, the Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) programme has been studying how well buildings perform. All too often the aspirations set out in the design of a building are not met in practice, leading to higher energy use and emissions than expected.

The reasons for this are varied, from issues with building energy modelling at the design stage, changes to the specification prior to construction, and unanticipated user behaviour after handover.

Come along to this ‘warts and all’ seminar - which includes lunch and a free tour of the centre – to find out more about the essential work Innovate UK have been undertaking to measure the actual performance of a whole range of non-domestic buildings.

Over the past 4 years Innovate UK have investigated the gap between designers’ objectives, what actually happens when occupants move in and why this ‘performance gap’ is so common.

In total the programme has supported over 100 successful projects, both domestic and non-domestic. This is beginning to provide a significant body of work that gives insights on the performance of various design strategies, building fabric, target performances, construction methods and occupancy patterns, handover and operational practices.

It is intended that the BPE programme will enable the industry as a whole and especially those responsible for the selected case study buildings to understand the performance of different building types, design strategies, construction methods and occupancy patterns and the relative contribution of various factors to the eventual performance of the building.

The National Composites Centre was part of the BPE programme and was studied in depth by AECOM over a period of two years. This event is being held at the NCC to feature an excellent BPE study and is being run by the Knowledge Transfer Network in association with the Green Register.

Provisional Programme - subject to change

    12.30: Registration & Lunch

    13.20: Introduction to the Knowledge Transfer Network – Valeria Branciforti

    13.35: Introduction to key themes from the BPE programme – Mat Colmer:

    Lack of client engagement
    Client not getting the benefit of the technologies / measures they are paying for
    Challenges to occupants

    13.50: Introduction to the National Composites Centre - Peter Chivers: Chief Executive NCC

    14.10: National Composites Centre BPE study – Aecom – Kevin Couling

    14.30: Estover Community College BPE Study – Speaker TBC

    14.50: Pool and Tremough Innovation Centres – AHR - Judit Kimpian

    15.10: How to evaluate buildings - the lessons we have learnt from the programme; Innovate UK – Ian Mawditt

    15.30: Refreshments

    16.00: Tour of National Composites Centre

    16.45: Regroup in seminar room for Q&A/round table discussion with all speakers

    17.15: Close

What have our delegates said about Green Register seminars?

    “A great combination of information from basics to detailed application! A very useful overview and introduction”
    “Excellent introduction to very interesting materials”
    “A great understanding and awareness of materials, with its applications and advantages”

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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