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Building performance must deliver occupant comfort at reduced costs, say industry experts

A recurring theme discussed at CIBSE’s new flagship event, the Leadership in Building Performance Conference and Exhibition, was that whilst carbon targets and environmental concerns are important, they should not be met by compromising financial performance or occupant comfort. The event held at the QEII Conference Centre, from the 28th to 29th October 2014, brought together experts from across the built environment to discuss the challenges and opportunities of delivering building performance.

Carbon reduction targets need to be aligned with occupant and consumer performance

Jonathan Hines, Architype

Ed Gray, Head of Carbon and Energy for Marks and Spencer, CIBSE’s 2014 Carbon Champion of the Year, outlined the clear business rationale behind the retailer’s ‘Plan A’ scheme for energy efficiency, which is expected to bring savings of £145m in 2013/14. But he made clear that savings are not being made at the expense of customer satisfaction and that it is “vital to create a positive store environment which improves the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers”.

On a similar note, Richard Francis, of consultancy Monomoy, stressed that carbon reduction targets needed to be “aligned with occupant and consumer performance” in order to get wider uptake.

Jonathan Hines of Architype reinforced this point in another session, arguing that overemphasis on carbon or energy targets could lead to use of technologies which in fact made little sense in terms of finance or comfort or even energy.

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The event concluded with a series of presentations of new technological approaches to measuring and monitoring energy use in buildings, which stimulated much discussion between speakers and delegates.

At the Conference the shortlist for the CIBSE 2015 Building Performance Awards was announced at a special evening event. For the first time these Awards also feature a lighting and building controls categories. Details of the shortlisted entries can be found here

The evening event also marked CIBSE's approval to operate a register of ESOS Lead Assessors, with a short presentation from Philip Douglas of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

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