The GCB work on buildings covers new and existing buildings, both residential and non-domestic. Areas addressed include:
Considering the energy performance gap between design intent and performance in use of non-domestic buildings
A key strand of the GCB’s work is understanding the gap between design intent and performance in use of both domestic and non-domestic buildings, which is a significant challenge for the built environment community. The GCB previously commissioned a report on this in non-domestic buildings:
The GCB is also supportive of Innovate UK’s £8m funding to study the performance of new buildings in the UK. The resulting Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) programme investigated how new buildings, both domestic and non-domestic, perform in reality. The overarching aim of BPE is to identify the extent and contributing factors to the “Performance Gap” and it is the largest and most detailed study of its type in the UK to date.
The results of the BPE programme are now being delivered through two channels. The Digital Catapult Centre is developing the Building Data Exchange as an open Platform to make BPE information accessible and discoverable to all. The vision is to unlock innovation and encourage new technological approaches to address built environment issues, challenges and opportunities. The Knowledge Transfer Network is charged bringing the topic of building performance and the performance gap together with other topics on the built environment.
Developing a scoping study to explore the remit and feasibility of a joint industry, Government and other stakeholders' "hub" for existing homes/buildings
This is the final report of the scoping study for a low carbon existing homes or buildings support mechanism commissioned by the GCB via WRAP and consultants Sweett (UK) Ltd. and Verco Ltd.
The GCB is currently also examining other ways in which it could support Low Carbon Buildings, which will be updated here in due course.