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Technology Strategy Board Building Performance Evaluation Programme 



Nationwide BPE investigations into Low Carbon Homes

In 2011, the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) launched the £8million Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) Programme. An overarching aim of the BPE programme was to assemble comparable data and knowledge about a large number of buildings to enable analysis across the body of case study information, leading to generic findings conclusions and learning for the sector as a whole. As part of this Programme, the Centre for the Built Environment (CeBE) were successful in securing over £500,000 of external funding to undertake six post construction and early occupation studies (25% of all of the domestic projects awarded under the Technology Strategy Board BPE Programme) and two in-use performance and post occupancy evaluation studies. Additionally, all participants involved in the wider BPEP were required to adhere to standardised BPE practices based on the Leeds Beckett University Coheating Text Protocol.

Research outputs

  • Gentoo Passivhaus Racecourse Development, Sunderland
    Type of study – Post construction and early occupation.
  • Gentoo Passivhaus Racecourse Development
    Type of study – In-use performance and post occupancy evaluation.
  • Dormary Court, York
    Type of study – Post construction and early occupation.
  • Dormary Court, York
    Type of study – In-use performance and post occupancy evaluation.
  • Lancaster Cohousing Development, Lancaster
    Type of study – Post construction and early occupation.
  • Community in a Cube (CIAC), Riverside One, Middlesborough
    Type of study – Post construction and early occupation.
  • Derwenthorpe, York
    Type of study – Post construction and early occupation.
  • Lea Field Court, York
    Type of study – Post construction and early occupation.
  • Fletcher MJ; Johnston DK; Glew D; Parker J (2017), An empirical evaluation of temporal overheating in an assisted living Passivhaus dwelling in the UK. Building and Environment, 121, Pages 106-118
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.05.024

  • JOHNSTON, D. and SIDDALL, M. (2016) The Building Fabric Thermal Performance of Passivhaus Dwellings—Does It Do What it Says on the Tin? Sustainability, 8(1), 97; DOI:10.3390/su8010097.

  • JOHNSTON, D. and STAFFORD, A. (2016) Estimating the Background Ventilation Rates in New-Build UK Dwellings – is n50/20 appropriate? Indoor and Built Environment. Published online before print January 28, 2016, DOI: 10.1177/1420326X15626234.

  • JOHNSTON, D. MILES-SHENTON, D.FARMER, D. and BROOKE-PEAT, M. (2015) Post Construction Thermal Testing: Some Recent Measurements. Engineering Sustainability. Volume 168, Issue 3, June 2015, pp. 131-139. DOI: 10.1680/ensu.14.00048.

  • JOHNSTON, D. MILES-SHENTON, D. and FARMER, D. (2015) Quantifying the Domestic Building Fabric ‘Performance Gap’. Building Services Engineering Research & Technology (BSER&T). Volume 36, No.5, September 2015, pp.614–627. DOI:10.1177/014362441557034.

  • JOHNSTON, D. FARMER, D. BROOKE-PEAT, M. and MILES-SHENTON, D. (2014) Bridging the Domestic Building Fabric Performance Gap. Building Research & Information. Volume 44, Issue 2, pp.147-159. DOI:10.1080/09613218.2014.979093.

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