Centre of Building Performance Research

Centre of Building Performance Research

Description

The Council of Victoria University of Wellington approved the establishment of the Centre of Building Performance Research (CBPR) in 1998. The Centre is the first of its kind in New Zealand, built upon the expertise in architecture and building performance research established at the Victoria University School of Architecture over the past 25 years.

Expertise

The Centre is the first of its kind in New Zealand, built upon the expertise in architecture and building performance research established at the Victoria University School of Architecture over the past 25 years.

Objective

The centre for Building Performance Research intends to foster links between researchers and those professions and firms serving the building industry through joint development activities while enhancing knowledge of the building sector as a whole.

Research Focus
  • Extend and enhance knowledge of the performance of buildings and the built sector as a whole.
  • Develop knowledge that assists building design and operation; with the object of improving the quality of building performance.
  • Improve the dissemination of building performance information to the professions, industry and others involved in the research, design, construction and use of buildings.
  • Develop a building performance information resource and research database on the performance of New Zealand buildings.
  • Foster links between researchers and those professions and firms serving the building industry through joint development activities.

The Centre is currently working with public and private organizations investigating the following areas of building performance.

Embodied Energy

Providing a system by which an enhanced set of embodied energy coefficients for New Zealand building materials could be routinely maintained and expanded.

Urban Quality

Investigates the physical environment of inner–city areas, and the effect buildings have on adjacent public space, given the increasing urban population.

Unique Capability Proposition

The Centre for Building Performance Research has the capability to improve the quality of building performance through; assisting with building design and operation, improving the dissemination of information to all involved parties, developing information resources and research databases, and developing joint venture activities.

Past Successes

The Centre has undertaken several projects under contract to public and private organizations. All involve the study of actual buildings and the use of the results to improve the performance of new and existing buildings.

Daylighting – IEA Task 21

Demonstrate that daylight conscious design can significantly improve energy efficiency while maintaining a satisfactory visual and thermal environment for occupants.

Natural Ventilation

Developing procedures and systems for the incorporation of natural ventilation concepts into existing and new urban buildings.