Building performance at Ecobuild

We are nearing the end of a 2-year knowledge transfer project (KTP) working with the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Unit @ Glasgow School of Art (MEARU) to research building performance evaluation and its affect on indoor air quality and occupier wellbeing in newly-build Code Level 4 homes.

Professor Tim Sharpe of MEARU will be talking about some of the findings from our study and others at Ecobuild on 3 March at 12.30pm. There is a whole building performance stream at Ecobuild which looks well worthwhile.

12.30-14.30 Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluation Programme
Innovate UK has committed up to £8m to fund building performance evaluation studies of domestic and non-domestic buildings. The aim is to assemble a substantial body of data for many building types in order to draw generic conclusions on different design strategies, building fabric, target performances, construction methods, occupancy patterns, and handover and operational practices. The programme is now concluding and publishing results. This session draws on case studies from the programme to explore the challenges of overcoming the performance gap.

Talk 1: Programme overview and the overarching challenges
Kerry Mashford, Chief Executive, National Energy Foundation
Mat Colmer,Lead Technologist – Low Impact Building Innovation Platform, Innovate UK

Talk 2: Understanding the implementation challenges for communal heating
Lori McElroy, Sustainability and ACCESS Programme Director, Architecture and Design Scotland
Tom Kordel, Senior Energy Consultant, XCO2 Energy on behalf of Innovate UK

Talk 3: Does low energy have to mean high complexity?
Hester Brough, Architect, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Jesse Putzel, Senior Sustainability Manager, BAM

Talk 4: A meta-study of MVHR systems: Performance and comfort
Tim Sharpe, Professor of Environmental Architecture, Glasgow School of Art
Ian Mawditt, Director and Head of Building Research, Four Walls