The U.K. Technology Strategy Board has committed up to £8m to fund the costs of building performance evaluation studies on domestic and non-domestic buildings. The funding will go to individual companies and other organisations responsible for buildings for the total cost of evaluating the performance of case study buildings they design, build, own and/or operate. For domestic buildings, the funding will cover 'post construction performance and initial occupation' as well as 'in-use performance and post occupancy evaluation’. For non-domestic buildings, studies will be categorised as ‘buildings under construction and nearing completion’ or ‘in use and no more than three years old’. Applicants will benefit immediately through the involvement of expert building performance evaluators, who will help them to determine how their buildings perform and why. Funding will be allocated in tranches over two years, with the deadline to submit initial project proposals for the first tranche being 10 June 2010.
The Technology Strategy Board is a U.K. business-led executive non-departmental public body, established by the Government. Its role is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve quality of life.