School of Architecture

  • Angmering Community Centre

    Non-domestic in-use building performance evaluation

    Understanding the effects of design and handover process in the in-use performance of a low carbon public building.

    The initial study of the Centre has revealed complications with the handover process, issues with usability of controls especially for public use, external noise restrictions in the buildings location and lack of in-use energy data. The 2 year Building Performance Evaluation study intends to:

    • Improve performance by providing feedback on how the multi-stakeholder public client manages the building to support each end users group’s very distinctive needs.
    • Investigate if there is a demand for a cooling system and whether it could be met by a reversal of the cooling system.
    • Assess the feasibility of solving acoustic problems in the hall, installing daylight detectors, time controls, LED lighting and automatic blinds in the hall.

  • Process

    The two-year BPE study provides the opportunity to optimise performance using feedback from energy consumption, demand profiles, monitoring of thermal environment and occupant satisfaction. In more detail, the following BPE methods are going to be implemented:

    • Review of handover process and commissioning involving the building team, assessment of the usability of controls and a study into how external noise restrictions effect energy use and internal comfort.
    • A detailed assessment of annual energy consumption over two years using CIBSE 22 procedures. Actual energy performance will be compared to benchmarks and other buildings.
    • Sub-metering arrangements will be calibrated, and energy demand profiles will be analyzed using BMS data.
    • Long-term monitoring will be undertaken of temperatures, humidity and CO2. To determine technical performance, spot checks and measurements will be undertaken in different seasons while walkthrough surveys will identify any wastage of energy.
    • Feedback from staff and visitors using BUS questionnaires will ascertain whether needs are met and performance and usability of controls for ventilation and lighting. Structured interviews with management will investigate reliability, maintenance and maintainability.


    The results of the study will be shared with the owners and all involved in the management of the Community Centre. The knowledge gained from the study will reveal to the design, project management and construction team, ‘what works, what doesn’t and why’. This will help them with future evidence-based design, specification, construction, performance and management of similar projects. The overall results will significantly help to optimise the performance of the building, and enable the management of the centre to gain an improved understanding of how the building can perform most effectively.

    Project team

    Project details

    Duration: 2011 - 2013

    Funded by:
    Technology Strategy Board

    Project Partners:
    Angmering Community Centre Association (ACCA)
    Angmering Parish Council
    Greening Buildings

    Total project value: £59,820
    Income to OBU: £40,550