TSB Announce Sixteen Building Evaluations & A Call For The Next Round Of Funding For Building Monitoring

Sixteen further new building developments to undergo evaluation – involving several AECB members.

Sixteen new building developments are to undergo intensive environmental impact assessments as part of the Technology Strategy Board’s (www.innovateuk.org) four-year Building Performance Evaluation programme.

The £8m programme provides full funding for the evaluation of the energy and sustainability performance of new buildings and developments in both domestic and non-domestic sectors.

The goal of these in-depth studies is to ensure that the construction industry as a whole is better placed to understand the performance of a range of different building types, design strategies, construction methods and occupancy patterns, and the relative contribution of various factors to the eventual overall performance of buildings. This understanding will then further enable the construction industry to meet the government’s aim of all new domestic buildings being carbon-neutral by 2016 (2019 for new non-domestic buildings).

The eight domestic and eight non-domestic building evaluation studies will cost in the region of £1 million. The domestic studies, which range from single to multi-unit developments, are led by bere:architects, BioRegional Quintain Ltd, Dunedin Canmore Housing Association, Fyne Initiatives Ltd, Glasgow Housing Association, Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association and NPS North East Limited (two projects).

The non-domestic studies, which include four schools and two community centres, are led by AECOM, Aedas, Angmering Community Centre, BAM Construct UK Ltd (two projects), bere:architects and White Design Associates Ltd (two projects).

The Building Performance Evaluation competition runs over two years, with tranches for funding at regular intervals; the deadline for the next round of funding applications is 14th September 2011 for both domestic and non-domestic buildings.

Buildings accepted for monitoring: http://blog.emap.com/footprint/2011/06/27/technology-strategy-board-funds-building-monitoring/

Details for next tranche of funding: http://www.innovateuk.org/content/competition/building-performance-evaluation-.ashx