Design Intent to Reality:closing the building performance gap

Date

November 27 2014 • 2.00pm
to 4.30pm

Contact

Gursharan Kaur 0121 233 2321 riba.westmidlands@riba.org

venue

The Bond, 122 Fazeley Street, B5 5SE, Birmingham

Tickets

Adults: £102 (£85 + VAT)
Concessions: £18 (£15 + VAT)
Members: £70.80 (£59 + VAT)

Tickets

Adults: £102 (£85 + VAT)
Concessions: £18 (£15 + VAT)
Members: £70.80 (£59 + VAT)

To meet the challenges of the 21st century and achieve the sustainability and carbon reduction targets set by UK government, new and existing buildings will need to perform much better in use. The building performance gap – or credibility gap – between design intent and reality presents a major barrier to the delivery of successful, sustainable and usable buildings. Evidence suggests that buildings frequently do not perform as intended and it is not unusual for the gap between actual energy use of a building to be two or three times larger than that predicted at the design stage.

But what causes this performance gap? What can we do about it? And does it matter anyway? This seminar will unpick the varying factors that combine to make a building perform better, worse or differently than anticipated at the design stage. In addition to identifying the main reasons for the performance gap, the speaker will describe what architects and the construction industry can do to narrow it.

This presentation will explore how a building is commissioned, designed, operated and experienced by its occupants and ultimately will outline actions for securing better building performance in reality - for the client, its occupants and in terms of energy performance. The speaker will look at the role of the Soft Landings Framework for achieving better briefing, design, handover and building performance in use, and also cover approaches to conducting building performance evaluation, monitoring and feedback. Finally, this session will consider the concept of 'new professionalism' and what all this really means for architects.

Speakers: Adrian Leaman and Bill Bordass, The Usable Buildings Trust (UBT) 

RIBA CPD Club Members: Free of charge 

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