Sustainability performance of new buildings depends largely on the brief and targets provided to the design team. Where these are challenging and followed up with stringent monitoring and evaluation processes, high performance can be achieved. However, as well as a 'strong client' with clear sustainability objectives, an appropriately skilled and motivated design team is required; as achieving high performance requires research and a range of options to be explored in a rigorous, and iterative, way.
Gauge has been involved in setting sustainability targets and assessing designs for an office building in Free Town, Sierra Leone. The SBAT Work tool was used for this and a range of options explored. These ranged from 'Above Average' (SBAT 1.1), 'Good Performance' (SBAT 2.5) and 'Exceptional Performance' (SBAT 4.5). These results are shown in the SBAT reports below. Reports provide details of overall performance (in the black band at the top) and performance in respective SBAT criteria areas (in the spider diagram in the middle). This process enables all stakeholders to understand the implications of sustainability targets and enables appropriate targets to be set, agreed and pursued through the design and development of the project.
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