Building Performance Evaluation

Building Performance evaluations can be tailored to match a range of budgets, timescales and objectives for new build, retrofit, or refurbished buildings. The objective might be to understand the holistic operation of an entire building, or it might be to look at a specific aspect or problem in depth to understand the cause.

Below are a list of techniques which Six Cylinder uses to analyse the performance of buildings. These can be done on their own, or as part of post-occupancy evaluations and Soft Landings processes.

Energy Assessments

 Screen Shot 2014-12-29 at 00.07.41 Basic Annual Energy Surveys (CIBSE TM-22). A benchmarked energy survey looking at the primary energy supplies.
Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 19.01.23 Detailed Annual Energy Surveys (CIBSE TM-22). A benchmarked energy survey dividing the energy demand into end-uses.
Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 18.48.45 Half-hourly demand profiles explain when energy is in use in the building, compared with daily and weekly activities.
Energy Profile Annual Utility Profiles help to understand the annual consumption profiles and aid with budgeting.
Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 18.57.55 Heating degree day analysis for heat-energy consumption to understand how the heating is responding to weather changes.

Building Use and management Reviews

Bespoke Occupant Surveys assess users perspectives on the building with respect to their needs and comfort. The surveys can be tailored to get feedback on key aspects of housing, offices, healthcare facilities, higher education, and schools.
Controls assessments review all the end-user building controls to ensure the desired environmental control is achievable. This includes BMS Systems, switches, controls strategies, etc.

Construction quality Reviews

Thermographic imaging identifies construction quality issues as well as details which are conducting heat out of the building.
Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 20.03.01 Forensic walk-throughs photographically document operational issues and enable casual discussions with building users.

Design and Project Reviews

business people group on meeting and presentation in bright mod Hindsight Reviews are facilitated Chatham House meetings, to unpack lessons learned from a project
Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 19.35.35 Design and detail reviews help to identify construction issues which may reduce the thermal effectiveness of the building fabric.

Specialist Monitoring

 Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 19.42.17 Relative Humidity Monitoring is carried out using 3rd party equipment to assess the degrees of damp and condensation issues in a space
Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 19.14.42 Ventilation rate assessment, which quantify the in-use ventilation rate based on CO2 concentrations.