A Tale of Two Buildings - are EPCs a true indicator of energy efficiency - report from the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) and Jones Lang LaSalle which tells the tale of two buildings with very different EPC ratings and uncover which is actually more energy efficient.
GB Housing Energy Fact File, 2011 - DECC's newly-published analysis of energy use in Britain's homes, written by Cambridge Architectural Research.
Energy consumption in the United Kingdom, 2011 - the latest set of data about energy use in all sectors - transport, industry, services and housing - published by DECC. More information is available here.
Closing the gap - Lessons learned on realising the potential of low carbon building design (CTG047).
This document introduces Building Performance Evaluation (BPE), the history and the benefits it can bring to the building managers, environment and occupants. The various approaches to BPE of domestic and non-domestic buildings, at various stages of a building’s life are discussed, with a number of case studies presented.
This report has been produced by David Churcher of BSRIA in conjunction with the Modern Building Environment Knowledge Transfer Network (MBE KTN).
Housing Occupancy Feedback: Linking Behaviours and Performance, Volume 38, Issue 5, 2010, BRI
Special issue guest edited by Fionn Stevenson and Adrian Leaman published in Building Research & Information, an international, peer-reviewed research journal.
The main purpose of the issue is to advance evidence-based policy and practices through the provision of a user-centred approach to housing occupancy evaluation and effective feedback. Although a body of literature exists on feedback, the focus on domestic buildings has, until now, been rare. Cutting edge international research examines domestic occupant behaviours in relation to:
- smart metering, energy and water use
- comfort and other human needs
- cultural values
- methods of performance evaluation.
A cross-disciplinary socio-technical approach in the published papers demonstrates the critical importance of incorporating user values, perception, norms and behaviour into any evaluation of housing. The role these can play is highlighted in a commentary by Robert and Brenda Vale which fundamentally challenges the current approaches to reducing domestic carbon emissions.
The complete list of published articles in the special issue are:
- Evaluating housing performance in relation to human behaviour: new challenges F. Stevenson; A. Leaman
- Smart metering: what potential for householder engagement? S. Darby
- Home energy monitors: impact over the medium-term S. S. van Dam; C. A. Bakker; J. D. M. van Hal
- Energy in New Zealand houses: comfort, physics and consumption N. Isaacs; K. Saville-Smith; M. Camilleri; L. Burrough
- Post-occupancy assessment: building design, governance and household consumption D. J. Hendrickson; H. K. Wittman
- Low-energy dwellings: the contribution of behaviours to actual performance Z. M. Gill; M. J. Tierney; I. M. Pegg; N. Allan
- Comfort & energy use in 5 Australian award-winning houses: regulated, measured and perceived T. Williamson; V. Soebarto; A. Radford
- Understanding occupants: feedback techniques for large-scale low-carbon domestic refurbishments R. Gupta; S. Chandiwala
- Developing occupancy feedback from a prototype to improve housing production F. Stevenson; H. B. Rijal
- Building evaluation: practice and principles A. Leaman; F. Stevenson; B. Bordass
- Domestic energy use, lifestyles and POE: past lessons for current problems B. Vale; R. Vale
- Green buildings and their occupants: a measure of success R. J. Cole