- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 02 Nov 2018
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.
- Domestic building.
- Extended aftercare.
- Handover to client.
- Lessons learned report.
- Performance in use.
Featured articles and news
What collaborative working achieves and how it can be put in place.
BSRIA publishes the 2019 edition of its small but concise annual databook.
Using QSAND to measure the performance of disaster response.
What U-values are, why they matter and how they are calculated.
The need to ensure that we plan for all aspects of our bio-economy
BSRIA calls on government to reach deeper into the causes of pollution.
George Demetri brings a whole new level of technical knowledge to Designing Buildings Wiki.
Quality professionals need to take an active role in driving the completion process forwards.
The innovations needed to move from rhetoric to realisation.
Creating a sense of place, with radically-low running costs and the highest comfort levels.
A conversation between David Mitchell and Caitlin DeSilvey.
A quick guide to brick sizes.
The Union Street development in Southwark was a passion, as well as a business endeavour.