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Performance of exemplar buildings in use: Bridging the performance gap (FB 78)

Performance of exemplar buildings in use: Bridging the performance gap (FB 78)

by Edited by Yetunde Abdul and Mindy Hadi, (17-Feb-2016)


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Book Description

This report reviews the operational performance of three public-sector office buildings designed to achieve energy and water efficiency over the longer term, based on a study carried out in 2010–2012. The study, funded by BRE Trust, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), highlights the benefits and challenges of environmental design in relation to the building handover process and the management of facilities. It reviews the issues faced by designers, clients and building managers in bridging the gap between designed performance and actual operational performance over a building’s lifetime. While the buildings evaluated are all public sector, many of the lessons learned from this study are equally applicable to the private sector.


Executive summary
-Drivers for sustainable building management
-Energy consumption in non-domestic buildings
-Water consumption in non-domestic buildings
Analysing data for the case study buildings
Case study 1
Case study 2
Case study 3
Summary of environmental performance for the case studies
Summary of issues identified and lessons learned
Outcomes and conclusions
-Factors and actions that can influence the operational performance of buildings
-The conundrum of building handover and operations
Moving forward: tools and initiatives
-Supporting improved building performance