The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is investing £8 million over four years into performance evaluations of domestic and non-domestic buildings.
The government has made £8 million available to understand the key factors that influence the in-use performance of new and refurbished buildings.
The fully-funded research programme is the first major attempt at building performance evaluation since the PROBE project ended 10 years ago. BSRIA can help support this programme through post-occupany evaluations and energy monitoring instruments and systems from BSRIA Instrument Solutions.
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) launched the programme on 10 May. The first expressions of interest were submitted on 10 June. Download Building Performance Evaluation brief from the TSB website.
The funding is evenly split between domestic and non-domestic building sectors, with £4 million being made available to each.
TSB will be funding studies of domestic buildings over two phases, phase 1 covering post-construction and early occupation, and phase 2 covering a period of up to two years' occupation.
Similarly, there will be two categories of study for non-domestic buildings, one for buildings under construction, and one for those in use and no more than three years old.
"A key challenge is to ensure that building designs lead to physical buildings that perform as intended," said TSB programme manager Kerry Mashford.
Suitable case study buildings include retail, commercial, leisure and healthcare. Alternatively, a building project may provide insights into the performance of particular procurement routes or design strategies.
TSB is welcoming applications from the demand and supply sides, such as developers, designers, construction companies property managers and/or occupiers. "Applicants should have some responsibility for the performance of the building they wish to study," said Mashford.
Suitable case study buildings will be either nearing completion (within nine months of the application) or newly occupied (no more than three years post completion).
Buildings will be eligible for funding provided their in-use performance can be evaluated for a minimum of two years within the period of the programme.
The research will be carried out by a team of building performance evaluators registered with the Zero Carbon Hub. Applicants will have the opportunity to select an evaluator from the register.
The evaluators will assist clients and building teams to determine how their buildings perform and why, and also help build capacity and skills through mentoring on the evaluation techniques.
To keep the research findings consistent and comparable, research teams will be required to use agreed methods of diagnosis, energy analysis, and occupant surveys.
Funding will be allocated in tranches over two years. The second tranche of the programme will close on 9 September 2010. Future deadline dates will be posted on www.innovateuk.org.
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