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Assuring the performance of new homes: delivering what it says on the tin

KTN, Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP) and the National Energy Foundation (NEF) are delighted to invite you to a half-day free to attend event on New Build Social Housing. The session will include presentations related to the findings of a recently completed £8m Innovate UK study comprising 350 homes, most of which are in the social housing sector.

The event will be the opportunity to:

  • Hear from relevant organisations of the sector about their experience and learning from the Innovate UK programme, which has investigated the success and risk factors in narrowing Energy, Indoor Air Quality, Comfort, and Maintenance performance gaps.
  • Know more about the recently published Innovate UK Social Housing Meta-Analysis study undertaken by NEF and its recommendations;
  • Find out how to access all the information and findings arising from the BPE programme;
  • Meet like-minded professionals to share experiences and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Context and background of the event

The Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) programme invested £8m evaluating the performance of new build. In many cases the individual studies extended over more than 2 years.

The good news is that some of the housing assessed as part of the Innovate UK Building Performance Programme (BPE) worked really well, with a performance level which broadly reflected design intent, and with happy occupiers. Alas for the majority there was evidence of a significant performance gap between design intent and reality. As an example, the average carbon emissions from the 350 homes studied, was 260% more the average design intent. The BPE programme also identified indoor air quality and overheating concerns in many of the buildings studied. The reasons for this are varied, from specification through to handover and operation.

This event will provide deep insights into the causes, effects and potential interventions that may be made in relation to the designed vs. as built performance gap, and provide actionable advice. This all comes at a crucial time in the sector, with the recent launch of the HCA 2016-2021 Affordable Homes Programme prospectus, huge demand for high quality affordable homes, and yet loss of standards such as the code for sustainable homes and the zero carbon standard. More info about the BPE programme are available here.

Who should attend:

Housing associations, local authorities and their wider supply chain.

Programme:

9:15 Registration

9:45 Welcome and Background to the BPE Programme

SHAP & KTN

10:00 Building Performance Evaluation experiences at Hastoe Housing Association

Clare Hendry, Hastoe Group

10:30 Building Performance Evaluation experiences at Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

Owen Daggett, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

11:00 Break & Networking

11:15 Understanding Performance Gaps in Social Housing: An NEF Meta-Analysis of the Innovate UK’s BPE Programme

Luke Smith and Federico Seguro, National Energy Foundation

11:45 Accessing Findings, Further Information

Richard John, Knowledge Transfer Network

12:00 Q&A and Panel Debate

12:30 Closing Remarks

12:45 Networking Lunch

 

REGISTER HERE

 

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