The Whole Life Performance Plus (WLP+) project brings together a consortium of leading experts in building performance, property development and facilities management. Oxfordshire based builiding performance consultancy, LCMB will lead the project team. The Low Carbon Building Group of Oxford Brookes University will be the academic lead on the project. The WLP+ solutions will be tested in office buildings managed by Argent and EMCOR UK and those owned and occupied by King’s College London. Throughout the project, findings will be disseminated by the British Council for Offices and Constructing Excellence.
LCMB is a building performance consultancy which helps clients use their facilities, buildings and estates to more effectively support and deliver their organisations aims and strategy. The LCMB approach ensures buildings and infrastructure work harder, improving their return on investment by improving their productivity, reducing operational cost and energy use.Over the last six years LCMB has worked with organisations including Oxford University, King’s College London, University College London NHS Foundation Trust, University of Reading and Birmingham International Airport. In complex organisational and political environments, LCMB have consistently delivered outstanding results, by combining technical expertise with a people first approach that produces a unique offering to clients.LCMB bring to the WLP+ project technical knowledge alongside substantial experience in employee health and wellbeing. This expertise, when combined with the know-how of the consortium partners, will ensure WLP+ provides an opportunity for ground breaking advances in the field of indoor environments and productivity, and ultimately in creating happier, healthier, and higher performing places for people to work in. www.lcmb.co.uk
The Low Carbon Building (LCB) Group of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) is a global leader in the fields of carbon counting; building performance evaluation (BPE) and assessment of current and future overheating risk in buildings. The group has a significant portfolio of research projects on assessing building performance, indoor environmental conditions, occupant satisfaction and productivity across a range of domestic and non-domestic buildings, both new-build and refurbishments, across varied life cycle stages. LCB group has attracted over £6m external research funding (since 2008) from EPSRC, ESRC, Innovate UK, including a £1.14 million ESRC-EPSRC funded 4-year project on evaluating impacts of low carbon communities (EVALOC) on energy behaviours, and a €3.6million EU funded project (Zero Plus) on net zero energy settlements. Current projects also include Innovate UK funded projects on localised energy generation, supply chain integration and building whole-life performance. Prof Rajat Gupta (Director of OISD and LCB group) was an expert evaluator on Innovate UK’s £8 million national research programme on BPE.LCB Group will be the lead academic on the WLP+ project and provide technical expertise for developing the WLP+ solution and service offering. Prof Rajat Gupta is the Principal Investigator and Dr Adorkor Bruce-Konuah is the researcher on the project.For further information, please visit: www.architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/lowcarbonbuilding or contact Prof Rajat Gupta
Since 1981, Argent has delivered some of the best mixed-use developments in the UK with major commercial, residential, education, cultural and community developments in the country's largest cities. It is involved in the full development process – from identifying and assembling sites, developing designs and obtaining planning permission through to financing, project management of the construction process, letting and asset management.Participation in the WLP+ project, to identify the best indoor conditions for enhancing people productivity and to deliver those indoor conditions at lowest energy consumption, reflects Argent’s continued commitment to creating sustainable developments. This study brings together social, economic and environmental aspects of building delivery and occupation and will serve to identify the key components to deliver optimum buildings for employee wellbeing and productivity. This exciting and relevant programme will enable traction gain within the industry, as it captures the value created through people-centric building design and occupation.For more information about Argent, visit: www.argentllp.co.uk
The British Council for Offices (BCO) is the UK’s leading member organisation representing the interests of all those who occupy, design, build, own or manage offices in the UK. Since its inception in 1990, the BCO has become the leading forum for the discussion and debate of issues affecting the office sector, providing thought leadership in all issues related to the creation and use of office space. From communicating best practice through the BCO’s Guide to Specification, to analysing industry issues such as the recent office-to-residential conversion legislation, the BCO aims to stimulate new thinking on the design, development and occupation of offices across the UK. Alongside an extensive research programme, the BCO runs its annual awards, conference and regular events to recognise the most innovative workplaces in the UK and bring together the people behind them.The BCO recognises that offices don’t just house companies, they hold people and so what goes on inside them is paramount to workplace wellbeing. www.bco.org.uk
Constructing Excellence exists to improve industry performance in order to produce a better built environment. We are a cross-sector, cross-supply chain, member led organisation operating for the good of industry and its stakeholders.Constructing Excellence and its predecessor organisations have been long term advocates of taking a whole life rather than lowest cost approach to construction, and we hope this project will add weight to that. In the case of WLP+ this value is defined as health, well-being and productivity in the context of offices, but the lessons should apply for our members working in other sectors. WLP+ will help our supply side members create more value for their clients, and help our client side members to make smarter investment decisions based on outcomes. www.constructingexcellence.org.uk/asset-management
With over 100 year’s experience in the UK market, EMCOR UK provides facilities management and sustainable business solutions for a diverse range of private and public sector organisations. EMCOR UK’s participation in this important project will enable it to continue to lead the industry in the application of information and technology related to workplace and sustainable environments. For further information about EMCOR UK, please visit: www.emcoruk.com
King’s College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. It has more than 26,500 students (of whom nearly 10,400 are graduate students) from more than 150 countries worldwide, and some 7,000 staff. King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. It was ranked sixth nationally in the ‘power’ ranking in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework, and is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings (over £171 million in 2013-14). It has an overall annual income of more than £600 million.King’s Estates and Facilities team is committed to provide a world class service for a world class university. The research conducted under the WLP+ project helps King’s understand how we can optimise teaching and research facilities to maximise productivity. In order to provide facilities that enable us to maintain our leading position, we must understand and use all available tools to continue to excel. The potential to reduce costs and increase performance provides a virtuous circle of improvement at the university. www.kcl.ac.uk