Building Performance Analysis
  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building

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The School of Architecture, Design and Environment are delighted to welcome you to this inaugural professorial lecture which will be given by Pieter De Wilde, Professor in Building Performance Analysis.

Buildings are all around us, and are crucial to our daily life - they provide the space for living, working, shopping, relaxing and many other activities we undertake. Because of this, we often take them for granted. We have no problem to get a contractor to make major changes to our buildings, or to go to the local do-it-yourself store and intervene in buildings ourselves. Yet when studied closely, buildings are surprising complex. Most buildings are unique, bespoke products that provide a myriad of functions, are relevant to many different stakeholders, consist of a wide range of systems and technologies, have a long life span in comparison to other human-made objects and are often the subject of significant changes in the way they are used.

Building performance analysis is the domain within building science that studies how well a building and its systems provide the tasks and functions expected of that building. It covers a wide range of issues, such as energy efficiency, daylighting, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, occupant well-being and health. As modern society is strongly focused on performance and efficiency, there is an increasing interest in building performance. Yet there are still many gaps in our knowledge on the subject.

This lecture will give an overview of the domain of building performance analysis. It will explore the underlying drivers that give urgency to the study of building performance, the different approaches for quantifying building performance, and it will set an agenda for teaching and research on the subject.

Please register your place via the above link or contact elizabeth.chapman-lane@plymouth.ac.uk for further information.

Refreshments will be provided after the lecture.

This lecture is preceded by the High Performance Building symposium, held in collaboration with IPBSA-England and CIBSE South West.

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