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Non-domestic in-use building performance evaluation
Understanding the in-operation performance of a building design that achieved three key metrics - a BREEAM Outstanding Rating, an EPC rating of A (10) and near-zero embodied carbon.
The SusCon Academy is operated by North West Kent (NWK) College as a teaching facility for Sustainable Construction Techniques to support an exemplar 'Green Skills' training programme which is being provided by North West Kent College in Dartford.
The building is designed to operate passively with minimal energy requirement and low reliance on fossil fuels. Unusually, the building uses three different structural techniques: the workshops have a steel frame, the atrium a wooden frame and the teaching spaces a concrete frame.
The overall objective of the project is to improve and optimise energy performance by reducing the gap between the designed and actual performance, using feedback from assessment of energy consumption, demand profiles, in-use monitoring of the thermal environment, and occupant satisfaction.
The study will include:
(1) Improve performance by providing feedback on how the multi-stakeholder public client manages the building to support each end user group's very distinct needs to help the FM manage the sophisticated BMS. (2) Provide key lessons for future public building design, specification and performance. (3) Increase the understanding of the relationship between intended performance and actual performance in use. (4) Identify the role of occupants in minimising energy use to full time staff and students, researchers, policy developers and members of the public.
Duration: 2012 - 2014
Funded by: Technology Strategy Board
Project Partners: North West Kent (NWK) College Institute of Sustainability (IfS) WinVic Construction Dartford Borough Council
Funding: Total project value: £59,970 Income to OBU: £43,100