So, you have invested time, money and emotional energy and had months, maybe years, of anticipation. Then the time comes for the performance and there is a huge disparity in what was expected and what you see.
The overwhelming feeling is one of disappointment and alongside, a wasted opportunity and wated money. This is exactly the scenario facing many builders and home owners as they realise that the new or recently renovated property they have just moved into is actually consuming up to twice the energy predicted and that they have, what is termed in the industry, a huge ‘performance gap’.
The sad and shaming thing is that the sector has known of this problem for a long time but has seemed happy to shrug their corporate shoulders and accept this discrepancy as inevitable. But enough is enough, and we can no longer be passive in our acceptance of buildings that are not just average but have actually failed to meet the criteria against which they were designed and built. According to the Technology Strategy Board, in the UK, the construction, operation and maintenance of the built environment accounts for 45% of total UK carbon emissions (27% from domestic buildings and 18% from non-domestic buildings).
With statistics like this energy saving and improved building performance is something the industry can no longer ignore. Equally we need to encourage home owners and building occupiers to be as concerned about the energy performance as they are about the carpets, kitchen fittings and windows.
Performance gaps, ie the measurement of the difference between the present status in a business operation and its ultimate goal of performance, occur across all sectors, and businesses regularly take appropriate measures to reduce these gaps. Yes, it may be harder to measure the performance of a house than say a car engine or even an employee and yes, it may be harder to rectify and yes, the appropriate measures needed to eliminate the performance gap may cause the home owner some inconvenience whilst it is rectified, but, does that really mean we should just carry on shrugging our shoulders and accepting the performance gap as ‘one of those things?’
This is a sponsored post from Gapogroup that has been produced specifically for Green GB Week for Insulate Magazine
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