Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) report

To help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the built environment sector gain a competitive advantage, the Guide to Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) offers key insights into which green design and technology solutions really do deliver.

Written by the Institute for Sustainability's in-house expert, and delivered through the FLASH+ programme, the guide provides practical, focused advice and best practice to business working across the built environment industry including architects, planners, designers, and engineers and anyone who is involved, or wants to be involved, in specifying, buying or delivering low carbon solutions.

With the built environment responsible for almost half of the UK's carbon emissions and with a housing stock turnover of just 1%, it is clear that the upgrade of our existing buildings plays a key role in the UK's success of achieving its 2050 carbon reduction targets. However, many buildings fail to meet expectations, and there has been a lack of activity in build-performance studies to understand how and why this gap exists.

BPE can be used at any point in a building's life to assess energy performance, occupant comfort and make comparisons with design targets.

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Ben Hopkins, Bennetts Associates

There is an incredible amount of information in this resource, but the simple navigation and referencing system makes it accessible. It has also avoided too much specific information, which would make it date quickly. For those not familiar with the use of BPEs this site provides a great introduction, and walkthrough of the process, with links for more project-specific detail. The technical appendices sheets are particularly useful.


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