UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


The Built Environment: Building Performance and Processes

Buildings are complex, dynamic, socio-technical systems seeking to provide solutions to a multitude of sometimes ill-defined and conflicting design issues.

The transition from prescriptive to performance based building regulations, significantly reduced time available for building design due to economic pressures, and legislative requirements to reduce carbon emission have all resulted in the increased interest in the development and application of state-of-the-art building performance modelling and monitoring techniques. Find out more about these methods in the Research Methods section of our website.

Through our research we aim to improve the design, operation and environmental quality of buildings. We do this by providing timely, impartial information on design techniques and building technologies as well as developing novel engineering tools to help industry deliver truly sustainable buildings. We also work with the Government through DECC, DCLG, DfE, EFA and professional bodies such as CIBSE, IFMA, BIFM, RICS, to support the development of effective policies and programmes related to building performance and processes.

We have developed methodologies for assessing the energy consumed by lighting in buildings and this work has been included in the European Standard on lighting energy use the supports the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Our work in this area has supported the development of Part L and Part F of Building Regulations and provided basis for the development of industry good engineering practice guides such as CIBSE TM57 on Integrated School Design.

Building Performance and Processes builds on a substantial portfolio of prior work supported by EPSRC, the European Union, TSB, ETI, KTP and industry. Our research in this area falls into four categories. Click on the links below to view the live projects in each category.

  • Building Forensics & Diagnostics
  • Energy Epidemiology
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Innovation in Facilities Management

Click on the links below to view the projects under this theme.