Building Better Buildings - Oxford

Free BPE Event in Oxford
13.00, Thursday, 26 November, 2015
John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
Oxford Brookes University

The event, in collaboration with Innovate UK and a number of leading industry partners, promises to demystify the Performance Gap and highlight latest learning from a  number of domestic and non-domestic Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) projects.

Join us on this half day event and hear an array of excellent speakers discussing cutting edge research findings on building performance. Refreshments will be provided and the event will be followed by a networking drinks reception. 

To book your place, please click HERE. For further enquiries, please email with the subject line ‘Oxford BPE Event'.

On the day of the event, the registration will be in room 207 and the conference will be held in room 208, Chakrabarti room, in John Henry Brookes (JHB) Building, Heading Campus, Oxford Brookes University. To download a campus map, please click here.

To download the event flyer, please click here

More information on the BPE Programme can be found here

The Agenda


Rob Pannell
Rob Pannell

Rob Pannell is the Managing Director of the Zero Carbon Hub, a role to which he brings a wide range of knowledge regarding sustainability, innovations, technology prototypes, trials and solutions. This knowledge is a crucial asset for both the Hub and government, with Rob working closely with ministers and senior civil servants to advise on zero carbon policy and the 2016 target.

Prior to joining the Zero Carbon Hub, Rob was a senior figure in the construction industry with over 35 years of experience with Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd. where he held a series of senior level roles, most recently as UK Director of Production (construction and design). Within this position Rob investigated and established a cost base and technical compliance of practical renewable energy and building fabric solutions to meet the various UK government policies.

Mat Colmer
Mat Colmer

Lead Technologist for Built Environment

Mat is a specialist in building performance assessment research and has spent the last 8 years leading large-scale projects that investigate the performance of buildings and their systems.

Since May 2011 Mat has been working with Innovate UK within the Built Environment team. Mat’s specific responsibility is for the £8m Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) programme, which is assembling a substantial body of data for many building types and drawing conclusions on strategies to achieve desired performance.

Prior to being with Innovate UK, Mat was Head of Technology at the Energy Saving Trust leading on the their housing and technology field trial activities, including managing the delivery of the Retrofit for the Future programme on behalf of Innovate UK.

Mat has a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and is an active member of many industry working groups where he uses his wide knowledge of issues relating to the performance gap to inform and affect change. His interests in the root causes of poor performance in buildings and associated challenges to sustainability come from over 15 years of working in the built environment sector.

Rajat Gupta
Rajat Gupta

Professor Rajat Gupta is Director of the multi-disciplinary Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) and Low Carbon Building Research Group at Oxford Brookes University (UK), where he also holds professorial chair in sustainable architecture and climate change. Rajat’s research interests lie in studying real energy use of existing, refurbished and new buildings using interdisciplinary techniques of carbon mapping, building performance monitoring and post occupancy feedback. As Principal Investigator, he has won over £8million in research grants from ESRC, EPSRC, EU, Innovate UK, World Bank, UNEP, RICS and British Council. Recently Rajat was PI on a 4 year ESRC/EPSRC funded £1.14 million EVALOC project on evaluating the impacts of low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours. Rajat has also been lead academic on several Innovate UK funded projects under the Retrofit for the Future, Invest in Innovative Refurbishment, Design for future climate, Future Cities Solutions, Building whole-life performance and supply chain integration competitions. Rajat is an appointed building performance evaluator on Innovate UK’s £8million BPE research programme. Presently he is PI on an EPSRC project on Whole Life Performance plus (WLP+) linking productivity in buildings with indoor environmental conditions. Rajat is also Co-Investigator on two Horizon 2020 projects – HERON project on ‘socio-economic research on energy efficiency’ and Zero Plus project on positive energy settlements. He has also been instrumental in developing and pilot-testing the World’s first Global Common Carbon Metric (CCM) for UNEP. He has published widely, including strategic journal papers on future direction of energy demand research and evaluation of an innovative retrofit programme. Rajat has advised international agencies (UNEP, World Bank, UN-Habitat) and is on the boards of several key organisations and task groups.

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