CIBSE launches course addressing performance gap in office buildings

CIBSE has launched the UK’s first training course in Advanced Simulation Modelling for Design for NABERS UK Design for Performance (DfP).

The course will ensure building services engineers are equipped with the skills to simulate the energy performance of new office buildings in operation.

The course has been developed with The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) – a collaboration of 44 of the UK’s leading commercial property owners. The BBP led and industry backed DfP initiative culminated in the launch of NABERS UK in November 2019 with the objective of helping investors and owners deliver on the design intent for new UK office developments.

The majority of office schemes in the UK are ‘designed for compliance’ which often results in a disappointing performance gap between how buildings are designed to perform and how they actually perform in use. Under the NABERS UK Design for Performance Project Agreement a developer or owner commits to design, build and commission a new office development to achieve a specific energy rating, which is then publicly disclosed.

The course will be particularly relevant to building services engineers undertaking simulation modelling during the design stages of an office development, most especially those whose owners have committed to having their building verified using the NABERS UK scheme.

Laura Ford, Training Development Manager for CIBSE, said: “This pioneering course will ensure building services engineers have the modelling skills to deliver office buildings with an excellent operational performance.”

Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO at Better Buildings Partnership, said: “We are delighted to see this Advanced Simulation Modelling course launched by CIBSE.  The sector faces a significant skills gap in the race to zero carbon across all disciplines and this course will support building service engineers keen to focus on delivering operational performance. It will also enable them to meet increasing demands from owners, investors and occupants to demonstrate that offices really can deliver on their design intent.”

For more information, or to book a place on the course go to the CIBSE website

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