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CIBSE report re-imagines building performance

by Mark Cantrell
If the built environment industry is to deliver on its net zero promise, there must be open access and sharing of decarbonisation data.

CIBSE has launched a new initiative called Building Performance Reimagined aimed at transforming the landscape of building engineering and sustainability.

Commissioned by CIBSE and researched by Arup, the Building Performance Reimagined project is said to diverge from conventional engineering paradigms.

Rather than focusing solely on system sizing, maintenance or controls, the initiative takes what is described as a holistic, future-oriented perspective on building performance.

At its core, the organisation says, the initiative seeks to redefine the parameters of traditional engineering practices and equip CIBSE members with the tools to meet future challenges head-on.

The project explores the dynamic and evolving nature of building performance, going beyond energy efficiency and carbon reduction to consider broader forms of value within the built environment.

Building Performance Reimagined introduces four pivotal performance metrics designed to guide the industry towards enhanced health and resilience:

  • Variety: Optimising building services to promote space efficiency, adaptability and user diversity
  • Readiness: Enhancing building services to anticipate and mitigate risks, ensuring resilience against unforeseen threats
  • Connectedness: Integrating building services with local and wider systems, enhancing responsiveness to the environment and its contents
  • Emergence: Enabling building services to contribute positively over time, learning and adapting as structures age

According to CIBSE, the report “expands the role of building services engineers beyond traditional boundaries”.

The organisation added: “Engineers are now tasked with enhancing all aspects of life within and around buildings, fostering biodiversity, promoting social equity through design decisions and influencing urban contexts to harmonise with local and city infrastructures.

“CIBSE invites industry professionals to embark on this transformative journey, leveraging futures and systems thinking methodologies to anticipate evolving needs, explore potential futures, and identify opportunities to shape a sustainable built environment.”

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