- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 24 Jul 2017
Building performance evaluation in domestic buildings
In December 2016, BSRIA published a new Building Performance Evaluation in Domestic Buildings Guide (BG64/2016).
BSRIA claim the industry is still ‘missing the mark’ on developing efficient homes and other residential buildings, despite the best of intentions, with an increasing body of recent academic and industry research revealing that they do not always perform in the way that was originally intended.
Building performance evaluation (BPE) is the process of evaluating how a building performs in use, and can be carried out on both new and existing buildings. It attempts to identify energy inefficiencies and occupant dissatisfaction that result from not performing in accordance with design intentions.
The guide is intended to support the industry by explaining how to use BPE to understand how homes and other residential buildings are performing, and to investigate and address any issues.
It serves as a general introduction to BPE, explaining why it is important, how it can be carried out, and how people can benefit from it, and is aimed at clients, designers, developers, contractors, housing associations and social landlords.
“This guide explains how BPE should be carried out and what activities and methods can be used on projects to address issues related to energy efficiency and occupant comfort. If you are to deliver an efficient and healthy building, we recommend that you to get your copy.”
You can download or purchase the guide at BSRIA Bookshop.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- BSRIA articles on Designing Buildings Wiki.
- Building performance evaluation BPE.
- Building performance evaluation in non-domestic buildings guide – an introduction to the tests and methods in non-domestic buildings.
- Building performance metrics.
- Extended aftercare.
- Handover to client.
- Lessons learned report.
- Performance in use.
Featured articles and news
'Developed design' is a phrase coined by the RIBA for their 2013 Plan of Work. But what does it actually mean?
New green paper published aiming to rebalance the relationship between landlords and residents and tackle stigma.
RIBA calls for a comprehensive ban on combustible materials.
Lump sum contracts can be referred to as ‘fixed price’ contracts, although strictly this is not correct. Find out more here.
Ramboll offer guidance to civil engineers on how to make projects 'off-site ready'.
Government announces its Rough Sleeping Strategy, with further funding for social housing.
An overlooked architect who deserves to be celebrated for his wide range of buildings.
The Home Quality Mark ONE technical manuals for new homes are now available.
Read our introductory article to 'Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning' (HVAC) in buildings.
BIG's first of two twisting towers in Manhattan tops out.
Is data an untapped goldmine for productivity? How the infrastructure sector can capitalise on the opportunity.