Design for Performance
What is Design for Performance?
The UK has a design-for-compliance culture which has led to the well-known ‘performance gap’ that exists between original design intent and how a building truly performs in-use.
Design for Performance is the process whereby a developer or owner commits to design, build and commission a new office development or major refurbishment to achieve a specific NABERS Energy rating.
The Design for Performance process
1. Sign an agreement
- Sign the Design for Performance Agreement and pay the fee.
(please ensure you are using the most recent version od the DfP Agreement available on the website as this is regularly updated!)
- We’ll send you a counter-signed Agreement.
- You will then be able to promote your target Energy rating using approved wording.
2. Design, document and model
- Design the building or space to operate at the target Energy rating nominated in your Design for Performance Agreement.
- Prepare the model, simulation report and minimum documentation as detailed in the Guide to Design for Performance.
3. Get an Independent Design Review (IDR) report
- Contract a member of the Independent Design Review (IDR) Panel to review the project and obtain an IDR report as detailed in the Guide to Design for Performance.
4. Submit the IDR report
- Email the IDR report to firstname.lastname@example.org
- After we’ve approved the report, you’ll have a full licence to promote your target rating. This includes using the NABERS Design for Performance certificate and logo.
5. Get a NABERS Energy rating once the project is in operation
- Arrange for a NABERS Accredited Assessor to carry out an Energy rating on the premises to demonstrate whether you’ve met your target Energy rating. This rating will be based on 12 months of real, operational energy usage.
Why Design for Performance?
There are many reasons why a project should implement Design for Performance, including:
- Increased likelihood of achieving a net zero carbon development in operation by bridging the performance gap between design intent and operations
- Attraction of blue chip and/or anchor tenants, who often value or have requirements for sustainable buildings
- Reduced capital costs by specifying more appropriately sized plant and equipment
- Increased likelihood of achieving your desired build quality and operational performance
- Marketing and communications opportunities
- Respected process involving an expert third-party, Independent Design Review to highlight risks and opportunities
Read more about Design for Performance in our Fact Sheet.
Design for Performance register
The following developments are Pioneering Design for Performance:
|Building Details||Applicant||Building type||Rating Type||Commitment Type||Target star rating|
|1 Broadgate, London||British Land||Office||New Building||Base Building||4.5-5|
|2 Finsbury Avenue, London||British Land||Office||New Building||Base Building||5|
|19-35 Baker Street, London||Derwent London||Office||New Building||Base Building||TBC|
|4 Angel Square, Noma, Manchester||Federated Hermes/MEPC||Office||New Building||Base Building||5|
|11 & 12 Wellington Place, Leeds||Federated Hermes/MEPC||Office||New Building||Base Building||5|
|New City Court, 8-26 St Thomas Street, London||Great Portland Estates||Office||New Building||Base Building||TBC|
|South Molton Triangle, London||Grosvenor Britain & Ireland||Office||New Building||Base Building||TBC|
|Portland House, Bressenden Place, London||Landsec||Office||Refurbishment||Base Building||5|
|25 Lavington Street, London||Landsec||Office||New Building||Base Building||TBC|
|Ralli Quays, Salford||Legal and General Real Assets||Office||New Building||Base Building||TBC|
|International Quarter London – The Turing Building, Stratford, London||Lendlease||Office||New Building||Base Building||TBC|
|Statesman House, Maidenhead||Royal London Asset Management||Office||New Building||Base Building||TBC|
|2 Ruskin Square, Croydon||Stanhope||Office||New Building||Base Building||TBC|
|3 St James’s Market (Phase 2), London||The Crown Estate||Office||New Building||Base Building||TBC|
The following developments are Design for Performance projects:
|Building Details||Applicant||Building Type||Rating Type||Commitment Type||Target star rating|
|Worship Square, London||HB Reavis UK Ltd||Office||New Building||Base Building||4.5|
|11 Belgrave Road, London||Quadrum Belgrave Limited||Office||Refurbishment||Base Building||4|
|30 Semple Street, Edingburgh||The BBC Pension Trust per CBREGI c/o Corran Properties Ltd.||Office||New Building||Base Building||5|
How to register your interest
Email us at email@example.com to register your interest in starting the Design for Performance process.
Independent Design Review Panel
As part of the Design for Performance process you’ll need to engage a member of the Independent Design Review Panel to conduct a review of your design documentation and model.
Please see the list of members to the Independent Design Review Panel;
|Robert||Marshall||RMarshall@wppgroup.co.uk||Watkins Payne Partnership|
The Example Simulation Report demonstrates the key features of a simulation report compliant with the requirements of a Design for Performance Agreement. As a part of the Independent Design Review process, this report guides those who are producing a Simulation Report for their Independent Design Review.
Find out more
To find out more about the steps, rights and obligations involved in Design for Performance, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org