Design for Performance

What is Design for Performance?

The UK has a design-for-compliance culture which has led to the well-known ‘performance gap’ that exists between original design intent and how a building truly performs in-use.

Design for Performance is the process whereby a developer or owner commits to design, build and commission a new office development or major refurbishment to achieve a specific NABERS Energy rating.

The Design for Performance process

This flow diagram illustrates the Design for Performance process from Committing to a NABERS Energy Target Rating through to obtaining a full licence to promote your Design Reviewed Target Rating. Following this step, developers must reach out to a NABERS Licensed Assessor listed on GreenBookLive to register to NABERS Energy for Offices and obtain a NABERS Rating when the building is operational.

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Please note: customers can obtain a NABERS Energy Rating for their operational buildings without having gone through the Design for Performance process.

1. Sign an agreement
Sign the Design for Performance Agreement and pay the fee.

  • (please ensure you are using the most recent version of the DfP Agreement available on the website as this is regularly updated!)
  • We’ll send you a counter-signed Agreement.
  • You will then be able to promote your target Energy rating using approved wording.
    Please note, if you want to promote your Target Rating, you must sign a DfP Agreement. If you haven’t signed a Design for Performance Agreement but have begun the Design for Performance process, you will not be able to obtain an Independent Design Review Certificate or promote your Target Rating until signing and paying the fees. Please see Schedule 1 of the Design for Performance Agreement for approved wording on marketing material.

2. Design, document and model

  • Design the building or space to operate at the target Energy rating nominated in your Design for Performance Agreement.
  • Prepare the model, simulation report and minimum documentation as detailed in the Guide to Design for Performance.

3. Get an Independent Design Review (IDR) report

  • Contract a member of the Independent Design Review (IDR) Panel (contact details available in the table below)  to review the project and obtain an IDR report as detailed in the Guide to Design for Performance.

4. Submit the IDR report

  • Email the IDR report to [email protected]
  • After we’ve approved the report, you’ll have a full licence to promote your target rating. This includes using the NABERS Design for Performance certificate and logo.

5. Get a NABERS Energy rating once the project is in operation

  • Arrange for a NABERS Accredited Assessor to carry out an Energy rating on the premises to demonstrate whether you’ve met your target Energy rating. This rating will be based on 12 months of real, operational energy usage.You can get in contact with a NABERS UK Licensed assessor for your project here.

Why Design for Performance?

There are many reasons why a project should implement Design for Performance, including:

  • Increased likelihood of achieving a net zero carbon development in operation by bridging the performance gap between design intent and operations
  • Attraction of blue chip and/or anchor tenants, who often value or have requirements for sustainable buildings
  • Reduced capital costs by specifying more appropriately sized plant and equipment
  • Increased likelihood of achieving your desired build quality and operational performance
  • Marketing and communications opportunities
  • Respected process involving an expert third-party, Independent Design Review to highlight risks and opportunities

Read more about Design for Performance in our Fact Sheet.

Design for Performance register

 

The tables below list the design for performance projects that have set a NABERS energy target rating, To see the projects that have received their certified Design Review Target Ratings, please go to GreenBookLive.

The projects outlined below are the first in the UK to implement this pioneering approach to office design and delivery, stimulating project supply chains and providing the real-life evidence of how the energy performance gap can be closed.

Design for Performance register The following developments are Pioneering Design for Performance:

Building DetailsApplicantBuilding typeRating typeCommitment typeTarget star rating
1 Broadgate, LondonBritish LandOfficeNew BuildingBase Building4.5 - 5
2 Finsbury Avenue, LondonBritish LandOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
19-35 Baker Street, LondonDerwent LondonOfficeNew BuildingBase BuildingTBC
4 Angel Square, Noma, ManchesterFederated Hermes/MEPCOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
11 & 12 Wellington Place, LeedsFederated Hermes/MEPCOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
New City Court, 8-26 St Thomas Street, LondonGreat Portland EstatesOfficeNew BuildingBase BuildingTBC
South Molton Triangle, LondonGrosvenor Britain & IrelandOfficeNew BuildingBase BuildingTBC
Portland House, Bressenden Place, LondonLandsecOfficeRefurbishmentBase Building5
25 Lavington Street, LondonLandsecOfficeNew BuildingBase BuildingTBC
Ralli Quays, SalfordLegal and General Real AssetsOfficeNew BuildingBase BuildingTBC
International Quarter London – The Turing Building, Stratford, LondonLendleaseOfficeNew BuildingBase BuildingTBC
Statesman House, MaidenheadRoyal London Asset ManagementOfficeNew BuildingBase BuildingTBC
2 Ruskin Square, CroydonStanhopeOfficeNew BuildingBase BuildingTBC
3 St James’s Market (Phase 2), LondonThe Crown EstateOfficeNew BuildingBase BuildingTBC

 

The following developments are Design for Performance projects:

Building DetailsApplicantBuilding TypeRating TypeCommitment TypeTarget Star Rating
Worship Square, LondonHB Reavis UK LtdOfficeNew BuildingBase Building4.5
30 Semple Street, EdinburghThe BBC Pension Trust per CBREGI c/o Corran Properties Ltd.OfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
Southbank, Globe point, Globe Road, LeedsASE II Globe Point LimitedOfficeNew BuildingBase Building4.5
Southbank, One Globe SquareASE II Globe Point LimitedOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
STAC, Building 6, Buchanan WharfDrum Buchanan Wharf 4 LtdOfficeNew BuildingBase Building4
28 St Andrew SquareAviva Investors Global Services UK LimitedOfficeRefurbishmentBase Building5
Plot A3 (Eden), New Bailey, Irwell StreetEnglish Cities FundOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5.5
EQ Victoria St, Redcliffe, BristolASE Ill (Bristol) LimitedOfficeNew buildingBase Building5
90 Long Acre, LondonNorthwood Investors 90 LA LtdOfficeRefurbishmentBase Building5
The Forge, 105 Sumner St, LondonLS 105 Sumner St Developer LtdOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
105 Victoria St, LondonSweco UK LtdOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
33 Charterhouse St, LondonCharterhouse Street LimitedOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
Elshaw House, Wellington St, SheffieldOve Arup & Partners LtdOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
81 Newgate Street, LondonNG Devco LimitedOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
The Fitzrovia, W1PRUDENTIAL UK REAL ESTATE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP acting by its General Partner, PRUDENTIAL UK REAL ESTATE GENERAL PARTNER LIMITEDOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
42 Wigmore StreetStandard Life Assurance LimitedOfficeRefurbishmentBase Building4.5
135 Park StreetEmerson PropCo SARLOfficeNew BuildingBase Building5
1 Exchange Square, LondonPNBJ I LimitedOfficeRefurbishmentBase Building5

For Design Review Target Ratings, please go to GreenBookLive to see all Certified DfP Projects that have received their Design Review Target Rating.

How to register your interest
Email us at [email protected] to register your interest in starting the Design for Performance process.

 

Independent Design Review Panel

As part of the Design for Performance process you’ll need to engage a member of the Independent Design Review Panel to conduct a review of your design documentation and model.

If you have technical questions regarding your project’s application to Design for Performance, you can contact an Independent Design Review panellist who will be able to assist you

Please see the list of members to the Independent Design Review Panel;

Independent Design Review Panel

Full NameSurnameEmailCompany
ClaireDas Bhaumik[email protected]Inkling
DarrenCoppins[email protected]Built Physics
DavidKingstone[email protected]Buro Happold
GlenIrwin[email protected]Hydrock
GraceFoo[email protected]DeltaQ
GregWaring[email protected]p.comARUP
HughGordon[email protected]Hilson Moran
JenniferElias[email protected]AECOM
JimSaywell[email protected]Buro Happold
RobertMarshall[email protected]Watkins Payne Partnership
StephenHill[email protected]ARUP

The Example Simulation Report demonstrates the key features of a simulation report compliant with the requirements of a Design for Performance Agreement. As a part of the Independent Design Review process, this report guides those who are producing a Simulation Report for their Independent Design Review.

Is my building eligible for NABERS Design for Performance?

Your building is eligible if it’s an office development that is either a new build or major refurbishment, and in the Design Stages (upto RIBA Stage 5).

Find out more

To find out more about the steps, rights and obligations involved in Design for Performance, email us at [email protected]

Useful Downloads

NABERS UK Guide to Design for Performance

Design for Performance (DfP) provides a framework by which projects can commit, preconstruction, to achieve a NABERS Energy for Offices rating in post-construction performance. This guide sets out the minimum steps and processes required for a project implementing the DfP process

This Guide is intended to provide assistance for all parties involved in the Design for Performance process, and in particular the Applicant and associated project team, the Independent Design Reviewer and the person(s) conducting the building performance simulation, referred to in this document as the Simulator

 

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NABERS UK Design for Performance Agreement

Design for Performance Agreements are available for new or refurbished buildings for the following Rating Tools: Energy for Offices.

This Agreement qualifies as a Design for Performance Agreement. It establishes the process that the Applicant is required to follow to obtain a Design Reviewed Target Rating. This Agreement also sets out the basis on which the Applicant may promote its Target Rating and Design Reviewed Target Rating and use the Trade Marks.

 

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NABERS UK Design for Performance Brand Guidelines

 NABERS Design For Performance Brand Guidelines details the guidelines surrounding logos and certificates.

 

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NABERS UK Design for Performance Fact Sheet

The UK has a design-for-compliance culture which has led to the well-known ‘performance gap’ that exists between original design intent and how a building truly performs in-use. Design for Performance is a process that overcomes this, where a developer or owner commits to design, build and commission a building to achieve a targeted NABERS Energy rating.

If you are a developer or owner, you can register any new office development or major refurbishment by signing a Design for Performance Agreement. Your target NABERS Energy rating must be 4.0 stars or above.

 

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Example Simulation Report

This report is an example simulation report that demonstrates the key features of a simulation report compliant with the requirements of a Design for Performance Agreement. A Simulation Report should provide a realistic estimate of the operational energy performance of the project. As a part of the Independent Design Review process, it is a requirement to provide a Simulation Report to the selected Independent Design Reviewer for evaluation.  More information on the sections that a simulation report should contain, and its format can be found in the Guide to Design for Performance

 

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