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 following developments are Pioneering Design for Performance:

 

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.

Building Details Applicant Building type Rating Type Commitment Type Target star rating
1 Broadgate, London British Land Office New Building Base Building 4.5-5
2 Finsbury Avenue, London British Land Office New Building Base Building 5
19-35 Baker Street, London Derwent London Office New Building Base Building TBC
4 Angel Square, Noma, Manchester Federated Hermes/MEPC Office New Building Base Building 5
11 & 12 Wellington Place, Leeds Federated Hermes/MEPC Office New Building Base Building 5
New City Court, 8-26 St Thomas Street, London Great Portland Estates Office New Building Base Building TBC
South Molton Triangle, London Grosvenor Britain & Ireland Office New Building Base Building TBC
Portland House, Bressenden Place, London Landsec Office Refurbishment Base Building 5
25 Lavington Street, London Landsec Office New Building Base Building TBC
Ralli Quays, Salford Legal and General Real Assets Office New Building Base Building TBC
International Quarter London – The Turing Building, Stratford, London Lendlease Office New Building Base Building TBC
Statesman House, Maidenhead Royal London Asset Management Office New Building Base Building TBC
2 Ruskin Square, Croydon Stanhope Office New Building Base Building TBC
3 St James’s Market (Phase 2), London The Crown Estate Office New Building Base Building TBC

The following developments are Design for Performance projects:

 

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

Building Details Applicant Building Type Rating Type Commitment Type Target star rating
Worship Square, London HB Reavis UK Ltd Office New Building Base Building 4.5
30 Semple Street, Edinburgh The BBC Pension Trust per CBREGI c/o Corran Properties Ltd. Office New Building Base Building  5
Southbank, Globe point,
Globe Road,
Leeds
ASE II Globe Point Limited Office New Building Base Building 4.5
Southbank, One Globe Square ASE II Globe Point Limited Office New Building Base Building 5
STAC, Building 6, Buchanan Wharf Drum Buchanan Wharf 4 Ltd Office New Building Base Building 4
28 St Andrew Square Aviva Investors Global Services UK Limited Office Refurbishment Base Building 5
Plot A3 (Eden), New Bailey, Irwell Street English Cities Fund Office New Building Base Building 5.5

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;

First Name Surname  Email  Company
Claire Das Bhaumik [email protected] Inkling
Darren Coppins [email protected] Built Physics
David Kingstone [email protected] Buro Happold
Glen Irwin [email protected] Hydrock
Grace Foo [email protected] DeltaQ
Greg Waring [email protected] ARUP
Hugh Gordon [email protected]   Hilson Moran
Jennifer Elias [email protected] AECOM
Jim Saywell [email protected]  Buro Happold
Robert Marshall [email protected] Watkins Payne Partnership
Stephen Hill [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

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NABERS UK Design for Performance Agreement

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NABERS UK Design for Performance Brand Guidelines

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NABERS UK Design for Performance Fact Sheet

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Example Simulation Report

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