Passivhaus Affiliate

Buildings Behaving Badly

Date: 6 November 2014 Time: 09.15 - 17.00
Location: Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington, London, SE11 6DN Cost: £135

This seminar investigates the  following questions and much more about the Performance Gap:

  • Are our construction projects performing as designed?

  • Why do we miss targets despite an ever-increasing understanding of the issues?

  • Where are the biggest gaps between design and actual performance?

  • How to close the gap: an introduction to Building Performance Evaluation


About the seminar:

Many construction professionals understand that, even with the best intentions, there can be a big difference between the predicted energy performance and actual energy use. These gaps can be huge – some buildings can use over three times the amount of energy for heating, electricity and water.  

Is this gap due to design flaws, or unrealistic predictions; poor construction, installation and commissioning; inadequate hand-over, leading to ineffective building operation; occupant habits…or a combination?

After an introduction by The Green Register's Director, Lucy Pedler, two presentations on building performance evaluation from Ian Mawditt of Four Walls and Ian Orme of BSRIA follow. Both Ians will discuss the early findings from the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) programme. 

Judit Kimpian, an architect and director of AEDAS architects’ research team, then takes delegates through the new and improved CarbonBuzz platform, the repository of all data from the TSB projects and shares BPE across many commercial projects. Mat Colmer of TSB will look at what’s next for BPE, and the morning concludes with an open debate with all speakers.

Ian Mawditt, Mike Söldner and Lucy Pedler share their own experiences of eco-retrofits by presenting three domestic refurbishments that illustrate some of the challenges and technical solutions to upgrading older buildings. 

Topics include: best practice insulation installation, avoiding thermal bridging and thermal bypass, construction processes and strategies, the pro’s and con’s of monitoring equipment, installing renewable energy technologies in existing buildings and the thorny issue of whether energy retrofitting works in practice.

Delegates will take away a full understanding of the pitfalls of retrofitting and how to use relevant technical solutions to narrow the performance gap.



£135, Green Register members - £99

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