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Lookup NU author(s): Ramy Mahmoud,
Dr John Kamara,
Dr Neil Burford
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
This research investigates the use of Building Energy Performance Simulation (BEPS) toolsin the early stages of building design in UK architectural practices with a particular focus on thebarriers and opportunities to their effective application and further uptake. Two primary methodsof investigation were undertaken; the first was a wide survey among UK architects and architecturalpractices, where the responses of 418 participants were electronically gathered and analysed. Adeeper understanding of the issues was developed through an analysis of the process of low-energybuilding design using semi-structured interviews with six representatives of well-establishedarchitectural practices in the UK. The findings reveal that while there is an increasing understandingof the importance of BEPS involvement at the early design stages, there was limited evidence ofactual early implementation of BEPS tools other than a few well known but specialised tools suchas Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) which were used mainly for domestic energyperformance evaluation. However, many practices surveyed showed interest in achieving higherstandards than the “basic” regulatory backstops, which has resulted in Passive House and BREEAMseeing increasing use in domestic and non-domestic projects respectively. Although there has beena significant increase in the development and availability of tools and methodologies for assessingbuilding energy performance our study shows that the focus for future research needs to be shiftedfrom the “tool development” to looking at methods of implementing and using such tools in practiceat the early design stages.
Author(s): Mahmoud R, Kamara JM, Burford N
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Online publication date: 20/11/2020
Acceptance date: 13/11/2020
Date deposited: 20/11/2020
ISSN (electronic): 2071-1050
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