New research project launched to deliver better building performance

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The UK Green Building Council will launch a new research project that will focus on improving how non-domestic buildings are designed, constructed, and operated…

A new research project will delve into how building performance can be maximised. The project, launched by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), aims to look at energy performance, as well as other aspects that could impact both the building user and the wider environment.

The project, ‘Delivering Building Performance’, will be sponsored by BuroHappold, Saint-Gobain, and Tarmac Group. It will call upon UK-GBC members to share their experiences regarding building performance and how they meet best practice. It is also hoped the research will give an understanding of gaps and barriers within the industry.

The research is deemed necessary, as increasing evidence is showing a growing “gap” between the expected, designed or desired performance of a building and the reality of how it actually performs.

UK-GBC’s CEO Julie Hirigoyen said: “I am delighted that UK-GBC members are supporting this important piece of work.

“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.

“Following the COP21 deal, this is just one of the ways in which the UK industry is showing its leadership and ambition.”

Buildings are a well-known contributor to carbon output and as such have become a major focus for reducing emission. Mark Allen, Technical Director, Saint-Gobain UK, said: “We occupy buildings for a considerable portion of time, which contributes significantly towards the climate change agenda and the wider health, wellbeing and productivity in buildings.

“Following the sponsorship of COP21, our work with the task group further demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable habitat for future generations.

“If we are to deliver a truly sustainable future, the industry must collaborate and share expertise to find robust solutions that enhance our habitat and our daily lives.”

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