Recommended Reading


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).

BPE Summary, edition 1, March 2011 

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
  • usability
  • comfort and other human needs
  • motivation
  • regulation
  • 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: