The Better Buildings Partnership has been working for over a decade to help our members improve the energy performance of their property portfolios. These efforts, whilst highlighting and supporting industry leadership, have been significantly hampered by a number of key issues:
In summary, the UK has a design-for-compliance culture which has led to the well-known ‘performance gap’ that exists between original design intent and how a building truly performs in-use.
In contrast, Australia has had a system to measure and rate the operational efficiency of its commercial offices since 1999 - NABERS. The scheme now covers 86% of the office market and the energy intensity of landlord services has improved by 36% since the scheme started. Put simply, Australia has learnt to deliver far better energy performing office buildings than those in the UK, driven by the transparency of the NABERS ratings.
The DfP initiative is working to bring the knowledge and success of NABERS to the UK by applying the same principles that have been so effective in Australia to a certification scheme for new UK office developments. This involves:
The DfP initiative is supported by NABERS and wider industry partners and funded by DfP Pioneers - see Project Partners. Technical expertise to support the development of the scheme for the UK is being provided by Verco and Delta Q.
As part of a 3-year programme of work, the DfP initiative has reviewed the success factors of the NABERS Energy Rating & Commitment Agreement and tested the applicability of developing such a framework in the UK. The key reports detailing these findings are as follows://php dpm ($content);?> //php dpm ($content);?> //php dpm ($content);?> //php dpm ($content);?>