More Building Developments to Undergo Energy Performance Evaluation

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Eighteen further new building developments are to undergo intensive assessments of their energy performance in the latest part of the Technology Strategy Board’s (http://www.innovateuk.org) Building Performance Evaluation programme.

More building developments to undergo energy performance evaluation

Eighteen further new building developments are to undergo intensive assessments of their energy performance in the latest part of the Technology Strategy Board’s (http://www.innovateuk.org) Building Performance Evaluation programme.

The £8m, four-year, programme provides full funding for the evaluation of the energy and sustainability performance of new buildings and developments in both the domestic and non-domestic sectors.

The studies for which funding has just been agreed will cost in the region of £1 million. The domestic studies, which range from single to multi-unit developments, will be led by Architecture and Design Scotland, bere:architects, Camco, East Midlands Renewable Energy Ltd, Gaia Research, Gale & Snowden Architects Ltd, Gentoo Group, Oaklee Homes Group and Zero Carbon Hub.

The non-domestic studies, which include schools, office buildings, a supermarket and a primary care centre will be led by AECOM, ASDA Stores Ltd, igloo Regeneration, the Institute for Sustainability, the Low Carbon Innovation Centre at the University of East Anglia, Renova Developments Ltd, Staunton-on-Wye Endowed Primary School, the University of Kent and Willmott Dixon Construction.

The goal of these in-depth studies is to ensure that the construction industry as a whole is better placed to understand the performance of a range of different building types, design strategies, construction methods and occupancy patterns, and the relative contribution of various factors to the eventual overall performance of buildings. This understanding will then further enable the construction industry to meet the government’s aim of all new domestic buildings being carbon-neutral by 2016 (2019 for new non-domestic buildings).

The Building Performance Evaluation competition runs over two years, with tranches for funding at regular intervals. The application deadline for the next round of funding is 18 January 2012, for both domestic and non-domestic buildings. This will be the final opportunity for applications to be submitted relating to non-domestic buildings. There will be one further tranche for domestic buildings, opening early next year.

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