In this issue:
Mind the gap! Find out what you can do to ensure that energy and CO2 predictions are accurate to help improve a building's energy performance.
Soft landings: Find out how to use open-source framework designed to make buildings perform better.
Horses for courses: Technology Strategy Board’s Low Energy Building database case studies will provide information on different approaches to retrofit projects.
Retrofit research findings: Lean how the findings of the Queenborough & Rushenden project will provide important insights to ensure that retrofit projects deliver the planned savings.
Too small to think big: Find out how SMEs can win business from large clients or tier one contractors.
User survey: Some dos and don'ts when developing a user survery to aid in building planning to ensure CO2 and energy savings.
Mind the Gap!
The Green Deal will be effective only if energy savings actually achieved can repay the initial capital outlay. Yet buildings often don’t perform as expected when it comes to energy use. So what can you do to ensure that energy and CO2 predictions are accurate? Plus Points spoke to Lisa Pasquale, Building Performance Evaluation expert at the Institute for Sustainability, to find out. READ MORE...
Photograph by Architect’s Architype LTD
Soft Landings – developed by BSRIA with the Usable Buildings Trust, based on an idea by Mark Way of the Darwin Consultancy. This is a methodology designed to make buildings perform better from day one and throughout their working life. It is an open-source framework, freely available to all who wish to adopt it. READ MORE...
Horses for courses
Photograph by Martin Hobby
The Institute for Sustainability teamed up with the Technology Strategy Board to take the lessons learned from a wide range of demonstration projects, and disseminate this learning across the industry. The bank of case studies produced illustrates how different approaches can be used to suit different circumstances. READ MORE...
Retrofit research findings
Queenborough & Rushenden (Q&R) is the site of a whole house, whole community retrofit scheme specifically chosen for a thorough programme of measurement, monitoring and evaluation (MME). Q&R has the advantage of being a neighbourhood that is typical of many in the UK, including a range of property types and tenures, as well as ages of buildings (and, thus, construction techniques) – and therefore highly replicable. It spans five different house types – flats, mid-terraces, end-terraces, semi-detached and detached – and contains properties built as long ago as pre 1919 to some constructed in 1982. READ MORE...
Too small to think big
If you run a smaller or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and are daunted by the prospect of winning business from large clients or tier one contractors, it’s time to think again. Large, progressive companies are increasingly opening up their supply chain. Sometimes, contractors will hold sessions for suppliers with business support agencies to explain what they are looking for and the processes they intend to follow. Some of the bigger contractors have sections on their websites about how SMEs can work with them. READ MORE...
User surveys: do's and don’ts
The way occupants use a building can make all the difference between CO2 and energy savings being realised as planned or not. So conducting a user survey can yield really valuable information. Survey questionnaires are the most effective means of gathering a large number of occupant responses and the results can often be surprising. What users really feel may differ from the impressions given by designers, buildings managers or a few complainants with loud voices. But getting a questionnaire right takes some work. Here are some key do’s and dont’s to help:
The FLASH+ project is part financed by the South East European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf
FLASH+ has been designed to provide a range of free business support to help over 250 Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the South East of England exploit high growth, low carbon business opportunities. The project will focus on the results from measurement, monitoring and evaluation of building performance and give businesses access to learning and best practice from cutting edge new build and retrofit projects via established trade and professional networks. These will be managed and coordinated by the SECBE. All FLASH+ delivery partners are committed towards equal opportunities and diversity, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
22 May 2013
BIM and the client
9.00am - 1.00pm
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6 June 2013
Ventilation - a practical workshop
9.00am - 1.00pm
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For more details, go to: www.secbe.org.uk
/flashplus /flashplus_events or call Tina McGeachan on 0118 9207 204
14 and 15 June 2013
Eco Technology Show 2013, Brighton
Be the first to find out the results of the impact assessment at the Queenborough & Rushenden project.
The Eco Technology Show is the UK's premier event for trade, building owners, occupiers, and the general public covering sustainable build, energy, transport and technology. For more information click here