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New document by the KTN: Whole-Life Performance: what does it mean in the building sector?

Whole-life performance is increasingly talked about within the building sector. But what is it and why is it important?


A new document titled “Building Whole-Life Performance” has been developed by the Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network. It provides answers, examples and references for those who are interesting in knowing more about the topic.

The KTN goal is to bring organisations together to encourage closer consideration of the challenges, to enable knowledge transfer and to provide inspiration for innovative solutions.

In this document you will find an overview about what is whole-life performance, how it can be evaluated, why it is not always
easy to evaluate and which indirect or proxy measurements are sometimes used to quantify some of its functions and benefits.

The document also includes some examples of innovative products and initiatives that are either already in the marketplace, or whose research findings are available in the public domain. Being whole-life performance a topic that could be addressed from different points of view, you will find examples of different kind, as software, smart technologies, and studies addressing the social functions of buildings, circular economy and resource efficiency innovations.

Finally the document contains some outcomes of a KTN workshop held in August 2014 with some representatives of the construction and building sector.

If you are interested in continuing the discussion, if you have got a new idea, you are looking for partners and funding to develop it, join the online community dedicated to Building Whole-Life Performance

A dedicated Consortia Building Zone is there for you to be involved in new research groups or to add partners to your consortium.

Come and visit us to collect your copy at Ecobuild-Resource 2015 from the 3rd to the 5th March at Excel London.


Download your copy here.

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