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Institute for Sustainability

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Making building performance evaluation a part of practice has to be a key objective, says Terry McGivern

The Institute for Sustainability warmly welcomes and supports the Bridge the Gap campaign. With the built environment representing approximately 40 per cent of the total carbon reduction challenge in the UK, there’s a huge task ahead in terms of improving the energy performance of buildings if the Government’s 2050 CO2 targets are to be met. Making building performance evaluation (BPE) a part of routine practice has to be a key objective, and who better than design professions to take the lead?

AJ is right to be calling on the profession to share data and experiences. Matching actual to designed energy performance levels is challenging and all sectors of the industry still have much to learn. But even with rising fuel prices, we cannot expect clients to invest in sustainability measures unless the supply chain can provide the confidence that the returns will be realised. With the right education and professional development across the industry, the UK can become an exemplar in sustainable building practice, with significant rewards for individual businesses and the whole economy.

  • Terry McGivern, head of resource efficient buildings, Institute for Sustainability
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