12:00 - 16:00 12 June 2013
Location: University College London
The UCL Energy Institute invites doctoral research students from across the country to attend a one-off masterclass with two leading figures in building performance evaluation. You will have the opportunity to learn from the speakers, discuss your own research, and interact with attendees who bring a wealth of experience to this subject area.
This is a free event for MPhil/PhD students with an interest and research in energy and buildings. Bill Bordass and Adrian Leaman will lead this highly interactive session, enabling students to think about their own research in the context of the social, technical and political environment.
In the 1980s, Adrian was working on occupant
satisfaction and strategic briefing, while Bill was studying the technical,
environmental and energy performance of public and commercial buildings. In the 1990s, they worked together on
research and consultancy projects that brought together the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’
aspects of building performance. They then helped to set up the Usable
Buildings Trust, an educational
charity dedicated to achieving buildings with better all-round performance
through research, development, capacity building and dissemination.
Bill was awarded an OBE for his services to the architectural and engineering professions and to sustainable development in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.
In this interactive session Bill and Adrian will:
1. Outline their journey of identifying the combinations of human, process and technical factors, both strategic and tactical, that cause buildings to perform well or badly.
2. Review reasons why government, the construction industry and large clients find it so difficult to produce buildings that perform well - what has come to be known as the performance gap.
3. Explore what might be done to improve things.
a) recognising building performance as a separate knowledge
domain from construction; b) requiring building professionals to engage with
the outcomes of their projects;
c) a dramatic overhaul of procurement and construction processes; and
d) developing effective ways of communicating and benchmarking intended and actual performance.
The afternoon will also include presentations from a small number of UCL Energy Institute doctoral research students undertaking research in the building performance area.