The Technology Strategy Board has committed up to £8m to fund the costs of building performance evaluation studies on domestic and non-domestic buildings.
We will be funding individual companies and other organisations responsible for buildings for the total cost of evaluating the performance of case study buildings they design, build, own and/or operate. This will help builders and developers to deliver more efficient, better performing buildings.
Studies on domestic buildings will cover either the period immediately post construction and into early occupation (Phase 1 studies), or a period of two years in-use for buildings less than 2 years old (Phase 2 studies). Similarly, non-domestic building studies will be either for buildings under construction and nearing completion (Under Construction) to cover the period spanning completion and early occupation, or those in use and no more than 3 years old (In-Use). All studies will be required to use specified protocols, tools and techniques to capture data in a comparable form.
We aim to assemble a substantial body of data for many building types to draw generic conclusions on the performance obtained through various design strategies, building fabric, target performances, construction methods and occupancy patterns, handover and operational practices. These will be shared across the industry with a view to providing reliable information to enable improvements in the performance of new and refurbished buildings through specification, design, delivery and operation. To this end we may prioritise buildings from certain industry sectors or with particular characteristics in order to satisfy overall programme requirements.
In order to achieve an appropriate overall balance across the portfolio of the Programme, we are particularly keen to receive applications for studies on dwellings of masonry construction and from first time applicants in the current tranche.
Funding will be allocated in tranches over two years – see below for the next closing date.
Important Notice - Building Performance Evaluation
Please note that the current, and final, tranche of the competition is open to new applicants for the Domestic area. Unsuccessful applicants from the previous tranches may reapply if their projects fall within the eligible scope and timing for the current tranche. Please note that the Non-Domestic competition is only open for Full Stage applications; this means that you must already be in receipt of an award for an Initial Study.
Close date: 23 May 2012
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