Building Performance Analysis Inaugural Lecture by Professor Pieter De Wilde

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Date of Recording: 
May 10, 2018

This is an inaugural professorial lecture given by Pieter De Wilde, Professor in Building Performance at the School of Architecture, Design and Environment at University of Plymouth.

Buildings are all around us, and are crucial to our daily life - they provide the space for living, working, shopping, relaxing and many other activities we undertake. Because of this, we often take them for granted. We have no problem to get a contractor to make major changes to our buildings, or to go to the local do-it-yourself store and intervene in buildings ourselves. Yet when studied closely, buildings are surprising complex. Most buildings are unique, bespoke products that provide a myriad of functions, are relevant to many different stakeholders, consist of a wide range of systems and technologies, have a long life span in comparison to other human-made objects and are often the subject of significant changes in the way they are used.

Building performance analysis is the domain within building science that studies how well a building and its systems provide the tasks and functions expected of that building. It covers a wide range of issues, such as energy efficiency, daylighting, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, occupant well-being and health. As modern society is strongly focused on performance and efficiency, there is an increasing interest in building performance. Yet there are still many gaps in our knowledge on the subject.

This lecture will give an overview of the domain of building performance analysis. It will explore the underlying drivers that give urgency to the study of building performance, the different approaches for quantifying building performance, and it will set an agenda for teaching and research on the subject.