Methods used in BPE studies

Combining quantitative and qualitative data collection to create socio-technical approach to studying building performance. BPE studies include:

  • collection and analysis of information on energy performance,

  • environmental conditions,

  • building fabric performance,

  • systems integration and commissioning,

  • handover and operation, as well as

  • qualitative feedback from building owners and managers, design and construction team, and occupants.


The studies involve a variety of data collection methods including:

  • Design and construction audit: including drawings and SAP calculation review; interviews and walkthrough with design team; photographic survey; review of control interfaces.

  • Building fabric testing: including thermographic survey; airtightness test; U-value testing.

  • Commissioning and handover review: which includes commissioning checks of systems and services; MVHR tests; review of handover process and occupant guidance.

  • Energy monitoring and assessment: including smart metering and submetering; energy audits such as DomEARM and benchmarking.

  • Monitoring of environmental conditions: including temperature; relative humidity; CO2 levels; window opening.

  • Occupant studies: which includes occupant satisfaction survey using BUS questionnaire survey; interviews and walkthroughs with occupants; activity logging and thermal comfort diaries.

UK / India research project - funded by the Newton Fund through the Royal Academy of Engineering

Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy

Low Carbon

Building Group

Industry partners

ASHRAE Western India Chapter



Edifice Consultants