The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) is linking up with NABERS in Australia to develop a NABERS-like scheme in the UK, following successful pilot studies by the Design for Performance initiative. To kick-start market uptake, at least seven major UK property developers have committed to pioneer the ‘Design for Performance’ (DfP) process in full on at least one new office development in their pipeline.

Start Date / Time 17 Oct 2019 08:00
End Date / Time 17 Oct 2019 10:00
Venue Cundall, 10th floor, Manchester One, Portland Street. M1 3LD
National No
Type Seminar
Available to Non Members Yes


The ability both to measure and rate energy performance outcomes and have a process that gives confidence to developers that they can achieve the performance they have targeted for a new building is one of the key enhancements embraced by the recently released 2019 BCO Guide to Specification. It is seen by the BBP as a unique opportunity to close the energy performance gap and create the mechanisms here that have successfully driven a transformation of the energy performance of the prime office market in Australia over the last decade. Design for Performance aims to replicate Australia’s success; this means setting an operational performance target at the start, incorporating the target in supply chain requirements, engineering buildings so that their base building energy use is measurable and verification of the rating and disclosure to the market after the first year of full occupation.

At this joint BBP, BCO & Cundall event join speakers Sarah Ratcliffe, the Better Buildings Partnership programme director and Alan Fogarty, Cundall Partner and DfP lead on the pilot project 21 Moorfields, to learn about the introduction of the DfP/NABERS scheme to the UK and what this means for developers and investors, designers and occupiers, including examples from the Pioneers’ current development activities.

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