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 nabersuk@bregroup.com
  • 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 nabersuk@bregroup.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;

First Name Surname  Email  Company
Claire Das Bhaumik claire@inklingllp.com Inkling
Darren Coppins darren.coppins@builtphysics.co.uk Built Physics
David Kingstone David.Kingstone@BuroHappold.com Buro Happold
Glen Irwin GlenIrwin@hydrock.com Hydrock
Grace Foo sg.foo@dqcs.com.au DeltaQ
Greg Waring greg.waring@vercoglobal.com Verco
Hugh Gordon hgordon@hilsonmoran.com   Hilson Moran
Jennifer Elias jennifer.elias@aecom.com AECOM
Jim Saywell Jim.Saywell@BuroHappold.com  Buro Happold
Robert Marshall RMarshall@wppgroup.co.uk Watkins Payne Partnership
Stephen Hill Stephen-D.Hill@arup.com ARUP

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 nabersuk@bregroup.com

 

Design for Performance Pioneer Supporters

Atelier Ten

AECOM

Arup

ATKINS

Built Physics Limited

Bryden Wood

Buro Happold

chapmanbdsp

EVORA EDGE

Hilson Moran

Hoare Lea

Inkling

KJ Tait Engineers

Mecserve

TFT

Thornton Reynolds

Twin and Earth

Watkins Payne Partnership

Cundall

Useful Downloads

NABERS UK Guide to Design for Performance

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NABERS UK Design for Performance Agreement

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NABERS UK Design for Performance Brand Guidelines

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NABERS UK Design for Performance Fact Sheet

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Example Simulation Report

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