30 May '13, 1pm

Reading: The Performance Gap- what can we learn from Darwin? Blog by #Commissioning course speaker

Reading: The Performance Gap- what can we learn from Darwin? Blog by #Commissioning course speaker

There is broad acknowledgement in the construction industry of late, that buildings tend not to perform in reality to the standards their design calculations predict. This is commonly known as the “performance gap”. You might hope that the gap has been getting smaller as the building industry catches up with the pace of legislation, but in fact early indications are that it is growing at a worrying rate. This hasn’t gone unnoticed, and there are organisations in the industry (e.g. UKGBC, Carbon Buzz, Usable Buildings Trust etc.) who are attempting to reverse the tide. There are a range of reasons for this gap that compound throughout the design and operation process to result in buildings that often use more than double their expected energy. Decisions at the design stage, that seem unimportant at the time, can have a significant impact on performance in use. Value enginee...

Full article: http://www.ukgbc.org/opinion/performance-gap-what-can-we-...

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