When a public building such as a school or hospital is completed
it makes sense to review how effective the design has performed for
the users and the government departments providing funding for the
running and maintenance of the assets.
The following aspects are critical for efficiency of the public
- User satisfaction about functioning of the design and comfort
performances and the impacts on staff efficiency.
- Energy efficiency
- Acoustic performance
- Water conservation
- Maintenance and capital replacement costs
- Aesthetic appeal to the general public
After a building has been completed for at least 12 months and
all of the contract and commissioning items are completed, then our
team can begin. The first step is to evaluate results in a
technical way and compare back to the current generic government
brief or generic design. The resultant report will be about
the strengths and weakness of the built project so improvements can
be made in future projects
Usually comfort and air quality is measured, energy and water
use monitored and levels of artificial and natural light
Less tangible aspects such as user satisfaction or
dissatisfaction compared to an equivalent benchmark is used to make
recommendations and rate the effectiveness of the project.
Comparisons with other buildings that are more the standard are
used as a way to illustrate the pay back periods of key innovations
in the project being evaluated.
A Life cycle costing is usually a critical part of the reporting
framework. Often a comprehensive audit, and theoretical modelling
will be used to verify all data.
Our firm can enlist the expertise at Murdoch University when
required to expand the technical expertise when needed, and
especially where there is a research component in the study.
This type of work carries large responsibilities and relies
heavily on the 40 years technical experience by Adj Professor Garry
Baverstock and his technical team of higher educated specialists
such as associate, Andrew Ferguson (MSc). Often there are
grants involved and some extra engineering or scientific experts
are needed to be part of the evaluation team.
The information can be of great financial benefit to a client
and therefore it becomes an investment, not a cost, particularly
when a government department will be repeating the type of projects
over many decades. Improvements will result in savings of