UKGBC focuses on performance gap

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) is tackling the performance gap in non-domestic buildings in a new research project.

All too often, predictions of whole building performance are either not accurately made or communicated. This research will examine industry approaches, tools and behaviours with the aim of maximising building performance in energy and other aspects of performance impacting on building users and the wider environment.

The group working on the Delivering Building Performance project will work with UKGBC members to look at what companies are already doing to address the issue, seek out best practice, and identify gaps and barriers that need to be overcome. The project is sponsored by BuroHappold, Saint-Gobain and Tarmac Group.

Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive of UKGBC said: “Huge cost, carbon and productivity benefits can be gained through a closer focus on the performance of buildings as we design, construct and operate them.”

Emma Hines, sustainable construction manager of Tarmac, added: “The research provides an opportunity to explore the actions needed to address the performance gap, and highlights the importance of whole life thinking in designing sustainability into the envelope of a structure to deliver long term benefits.”

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