Posts from September 2015

Professor Swan presents the Building Performance Network

23 September 2015

Aberg’s Professor Will Swan was delighted to be invited to give a keynote presentation at the recent Sustainable, Ecological, Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) International Conference 2015.

The SEEDS Conference was hosted by the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University and brought together experts from around the world to focus on the impact of the built environment.  The latest research into the themes of energy, building performance and physics was shared with a particular emphasis on the health and wellbeing of building users.

Professor Swan discussed the real need for researchers and practitioners to get together to share and improve the way we collect, analyse and prepare data to ensure it is useful for policy makers, product manufacturers and construction companies.  He told the conference:

“We undertake excellent work ranging from the testing of individual elements to whole houses, and our understanding of social factors in the UK is constantly increasing. However, there is more we can do to better share our learning and improve the quality and usefulness of what we collect.”

For Professor Swan the Building Performance Network is a crucial aspect to solving this problem.  The Building Performance Network is a national collection of organisations developed to address Performance Gap issues, assess whether the correct data and analyses are being collected, and to unite the many varying research themes and disciplines. Partners include The University of Salford, UCL, Leeds Beckett University, Oxford Brookes University, the Sustainable Development Foundation, BSRIA, Willmott Dixon, Sheffield University and the Glasgow School of Architecture.

The presentation is available to download below and if you would like more information about the Building Performance Network please contact Will Swan directly.

BPN keynote presentation

What do you think?  What should the Building Performance Network look at first?  Have you had experience of multi-disciplinary research projects uniting to ensure that the people who need to know can get the right information in the form they need it to be in?  We’d love to hear your views.