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BUILDING PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

(BPE)
AN INTRODUCTION

BPE focuses on the relationship between design and technical performance of buildings in relation to human behavior. – That is.Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) is a systematic and rigorous approach encompassing a number of activities including research. occupy. or otherwise be impacted by them. and feedback that take place through every phase of a building’s lifecycle including: planning. design and management of future buildings. measurement. comparison. evaluation. . Evaluations can be used to identify and correct problems in individual buildings and the lessons derived from the successes and failures of many building studies can be used to inform the planning. Learning from the past and feeding forward knowledge helps to avoid repeating costly mistakes. briefing/programming. needs and desires. construction. programming. BPE determines whether facilities will work for the people that will use. design. occupancy and recycling.

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1982) stands in sharp contrast to a view of architecture simply based on a philosophical. The better the ‘fit’ between desired and actual performance of a built environment. the more successful it is. but as a set of outcomes. experiences or performances related to people and living systems.Not just aesthetics BPE practitioners see the built environment not as objects of brick and mortar. stylistic or aesthetic pursuit by designers. . This ‘performance concept’ of building (Gibson.

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. The performance gap can be due to a combination of issues. plug loads and small appliances. systems and strategies Performance predictions which fail to account for certain end-uses of energy. and extended hours of occupation Users and managers misunderstanding design and performance features.The performance gap Research over the last 10 years has shown a significant gap in the design versus in-use energy performance of modern buildings. and operating them inefficiently Unforeseen changes in the buildings use. with disappointing levels of occupant satisfaction and two or even three times the anticipated energy use. such as IT. between the design and handover of the building. such as: Technical shortfalls in building construction. Many new buildings are proving difficult to operate and expensive to maintain. meaning that performance simulations used to inform design decisions no longer reflect the actual use of the building.

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Metering should enable evaluation teams to understand where and when energy is being used or generated in a building. and by what equipment and systems. such as heat metering for biomass boilers or heat pumps. BPE strategies for different project environments BPE can support various stages of a buildings lifecycle to aid in maximising efficiency. there are various techniques which are appropriate to gaining useful feedback.Capturing data Data about energy consumption is a critical part of all building performance evaluations. Depending on the stage in the building lifecycle that BPE is undertaken and for what purposes. and micro-generation technologies. rainwater harvesting or grey-water recycling. reducing operating costs and improving the overall performance of a building. as well as separate metering of different heat sources. . Exapmle separate metering of heating and hot water usage. it can also be useful to meter water usage to enable the team to assess their effectiveness. If buildings utilise water-saving systems such as low-flow fixtures.

A PMS (performance measurement system) provides them with a tool for monitoring the inputs and outputs associated with each service. It also serves as a tool for strategic decision-making and long-range planning. Comparative Performance Assessment (CPA) across the ULBs (Rating of ULBs) based on urban indicators has become effective decision-making tool for disbursement of funds and making cities competitive to upgrade urban environment.BPE in Master Planning Bench Marking Performance Evaluation Urban local bodies provide a wide range of basic urban services to larger population by using a large amount of resources. . facilitate urban policy makers for appropriate interventions and monitor the impacts of interventions and policies. evaluating the performance levels and taking corrective actions to improve performance. developing Urban Indicator system has become a tool for overall Urban Management. Towards understanding and managing the growth of cities including the services they provide. Urban Indicators help in accessing the performance (utilities and finances) of urban local bodies (ULBs).

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2001). To promote energy efficiency technologies and measures in buildings the BEE developed the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) as per the section 14 clause (p) of the Energy Conservation Act-2001 (EC-Act. Under the said act. under the Ministry of Power (MOP). While BEE has made a beginning in standardization for energy performance. The code sets minimum energy performance standards for the design and construction of new commercial and public buildings. and directing owners/occupiers to comply with them.IN INDIA Energy Conservation Act 2001 The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) was established under the Energy Conservation Act. with (which went into effect from 1 March. advising the Central Government on prescribing energy conservation building codes. 2002). The mission of BEE is to develop policies and strategies on self-regulation and to initiate market interventions aimed at reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy. and supporting government departments on how they can modify the code in response to local climate conditions. and adapt with exiting byelaws . 2001. BEE is responsible for: taking suitable steps to prescribe guidelines for energy conservation building codes. we need to do customize it as per our domestic requirements.

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