19 February 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Average carbon emissions are lower for buildings with a traditional maintenance contract, according to a study.
In analysing carbon emissions and the procurement route, the study - which used data from the UK government’s Innovate UK’s Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) Programme for non-domestic projects - states that this indicated that average emissions are lower for projects with a traditional contract.
The evaluation looked at findings from 50 “leading edge” buildings, chosen from the wider BPE portfolio. Innovate UK had monitored these buildings under its £8 million Building Performance Evaluation Programme (BPE) competition. The study examined projects where data was available, focusing on the buildings’ fabric and systems, and how satisfied occupants are with the properties.
The report studied the performance of non-domestic buildings such as schools, supermarkets, offices and health centres.
Innovate UK's BPE was a 4 year study into how real-world buildings perform.
The report concluded that meeting the Government’s 80% carbon reduction target by 2050 will be “an unattainable goal, unless there is a revolution in how the country constructs and operate buildings”.
The report added: “The past 10 years have allowed the industry to experiment cutting energy use in buildings in many different ways. It is rare to find independent evaluation of how much energy buildings actually use when developers hand them over. As such, there is still no consensus about the best approaches for achieving true low-carbon performance.”