Sometimes buildings don’t perform as expected or are desired to perform better and LEDA helps clients who are seeking solutions to what can seem like complicated problems. We are experienced in the process of assessing how existing buildings perform and how this affects the people who live, work and interact with them. This is a valuable yet often underrated process. With our expertise we can quickly see how a building impacts the people who use it, its effect on the environment and anticipate future issues.
Evaluations of existing buildings
At LEDA the services we offer in this area can be described as post-occupancy evaluation (POE) and building performance evaluation (BPE).
Post-Occupancy Evaluation usually involves revisiting a recently completed development, looking at how it was delivered and its performance since handover. We report back to the client and wider project team (if applicable) how the building is performing and how that compares to design. We also provide, where needed, recommendations on ways to improve how the building functions.
Building Performance Evaluation is similar but would take place at any stage in a building’s life. We carry out walk-throughs to inspect the building fabric and building services and where possible ask the people who use the building about the impact of how it functions on their daily lives.
Both styles of evaluation are applicable to a wide range of projects and buildings, and can be at any level from simple condition surveys and energy audits to in-depth forensic studies as part of expert witness services. We have worked on various buildings from science parks to local housing developments to mixed use buildings.
Our evaluation services add value by:
- Improving the wellbeing and productivity of users and occupants
- Developing understanding of building operation for all groups involved
- Providing feedback on procurement and construction processes to help create a better framework for future building projects
- Reducing fuel bills and energy costs and lowering carbon emissions
Discuss your building evaluation
Our tailored and bespoke approach enables you to improve the performance of many different styles and sizes of building. If your energy consumption is higher than forecasted, people using the building are complaining of health issues, or emissions need to be lowered, our POE or BPE services will give you accurate and insightful information and detailed steps to take to reach your goals for the building’s operation. Contact us to discuss your project with us.