The UCL Energy Institute invites doctoral research students from across the country to attend a one-off masterclass with two leading figures in building performance evaluation. You will have the opportunity to learn from the speakers, discuss your own research, and interact with attendees who bring a wealth of experience to this subject area.
This is a free event for MPhil/PhD students with an interest and research in energy and buildings. Bill Bordass and Adrian Leaman will lead this highly interactive session, enabling students to think about their own research in the context of the social, technical and political environment.
In the 1980s, Adrian was working on occupant satisfaction and strategic briefing, while Bill was studying the technical, environmental and energy performance of public and commercial buildings. In the 1990s, they worked together on research and consultancy projects that brought together the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ aspects of building performance. They then helped to set up the Usable Buildings Trust, an educational charity dedicated to achieving buildings with better all-round performance through research, development, capacity building and dissemination.
Bill was awarded an OBE for his services to the architectural and engineering professions and to sustainable development in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.
In this interactive session Bill and Adrian will:
1. Outline their journey of identifying the combinations of human, process and technical factors, both strategic and tactical, that cause buildings to perform well or badly.
2. Review reasons why government, the construction industry and large clients find it so difficult to produce buildings that perform well - what has come to be known as the performance gap.
3. Explore what might be done to improve things. These include
a) recognising building performance as a separate knowledge domain from construction
b) requiring building professionals to engage with the outcomes of their projects
c) a dramatic overhaul of procurement and construction processes
d) developing effective ways of communicating and benchmarking intended and actual performance.
The afternoon will also include presentations from a small number of UCL Energy Institute doctoral research students undertaking research in the building performance area.
Registration and lunch will start at 12pm, with the session commencing promptly at 12.30pm and including a refreshment break in mid-afternoon.
Places for this event are free of charge and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you are no longer able to attend please email email@example.com as soon as possible.
Those who sign up successfully will be sent further information and will have the opportunity to send their issues and questions in advance to Bill and Adrian.
The afternoon masterclass will be followed by ‘Improving building performance: Sparing no expense to get something on the cheap?’, a free UCL Energy Institute public lecture by Bill Bordass.
The event will be held from 5.30pm – 7pm, in the Christopher Ingold XLG2 Auditorium, 20 Gordon Street, London. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you would also like to attend this lecture, you must sign up via the separate Eventbrite invitation.