Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) is a defined method, which includes the assessment and monitoring of building performance. The BPE process is best started during the construction phase, but the main benefit of the evaluation comes after the building has been in use for a period.
Most buildings offer considerable opportunities for reducing energy use and costs. A building energy audit is an inspection process that aims to quantify energy use, and identify areas that use and lose the most energy.
‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’.
In order to understand the energy flows in a building, and to contextualise this with user comfort and behaviour, it may be necessary to undertake a degree of monitoring.
Retrofitting existing buildings to improve their thermal performance is becoming ever more important as we start to respond to, and adapt, our building stock for climate change.