Evaluating Building Performance and Test Measures in Sustainable Buildings


Anne-Mareike Chu, B.Sc., M.Sc. Candidate, RMES, UBC, SBSP Trainee

Ghazal Ebrahimi, Ph.D. Candidate, M.Sc., B.Arch., RMES, UBC, SBSP Trainee

Murray Hodgson, Ph.D. CEng FASA, Prof. of Acoustics, Director, Acoustics & Noise Research Group, Director, NSERC CREATE SBSP, SPPH and MECH,

Karen Bartlett, Prof. SPPH, Graduate Program Director for MSc OEH

Location: BC Hydro Theatre, CIRS building, 2260 West Mall

Date: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015. 1-2 PM


After the excitement of moving into a brand, new building wears off, what lessons can be learned from examining how it was designed to function, and how it actually functions? Three university teams (Ryerson University, the University of Manitoba, and UBC) examined nine selected sustainable buildings across Canada to develop performance indicators which can be used for evaluation and to feedback information to inform future building design. The buildings were assessed for actual performance against theoretical design for energy, water, and material costs, occupant satisfaction, and indoor environment. The results of the assessments were reported back to the building owners, and to iiSBE Canada, an independent consortium for the advancement of sustainable buildings. By standardizing the key performance indicators across different building designs, the key indicators were also under scrutiny for their utility. We will report on the project objectives and protocol, the assessment of three buildings examined in British Columbia, the key lessons learned, and the relevance of post-occupancy evaluation itself as a design tool.



Dr. Bartlett is a Professor in the School of Population & Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Health Division, and the graduate program director for MSc OEH. She holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Hygiene & a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from UBC.


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Dr. Murray Hodgson, is Professor of Acoustics in the School of Population & Public Health, and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is the Director of the Acoustics and Noise Research Group and of the UBC NSERC CREATE SBSP.

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Ghazal is a PhD student in RMES. She holds an MSc in Renewable Energy and Architecture from the University of Nottingham (UK). Her MSc research was focused on the energy performance of high-rise residential buildings in an urban setting.


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Anne-Mareike is a MSc. student in RMES. She holds a BSc degree in Physics from the University of Technology (Germany). Her current research focuses on the energy performance of certified green buildings in BC.