This project will produce a practical methodology and toolkit for appraising the functional performance of proposed and completed office buildings and for measuring how well a built facility supports business needs.

Some buildings make a greater contribution than others do to the efficiency and profitability of the business operations carried out within them: their functional performance. However, the level of functional performance only becomes apparent some time after occupation. Being able to measure objectively how well an existing building or a proposed design matches the functional requirements and preferences of the client will serve to improve client satisfaction, optimise efficiency and reduce costly alterations and disposals of inappropriate buildings. IN addition, it would improve the briefing process and tackle the failure to communicate effectively which is a consequence of traditional barriers between designers and clients.

The toolkit is primarily aimed at the building owners and users but it is envisaged that consultants and building providers will use it to articulate the brief and demonstrate functional performance in designs proposal for new build and refurbishment. This will permit comparisons between alternatives and maximise client recognition of the costs and benefits of competing designs or buildings. It will assist clients in informing building providers of their needs and translating these into clear briefs and also provide a readily accessible checklist for use by designers, property surveyors and other providers seeking to demonstrate how they have interpreted the client’s brief. It will allow clients to amend the interpretation at a cost-effective stage of the briefing process for procurement of buildings.
BRE has developed an outline framework which takes a comprehensive view of constructed facilities, splitting them into their main functional performance indicators, for example:

capital cost/whole life cost,
contribution to business effectiveness:
and impact on Productivity

A graphical representation will be developed for these strategic level issues to aid the decision to build. This is then used to ensure product functionality is achieved iteratively at briefing and design checkpoints.


Completion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer 2000