calfordseaden welcomed contractors, developers, council housing and housing association members to a series of breakfast seminars which explored how best to ensure the installed performance of low carbon housing technologies.
Presented by Dr. Terry Keech, Head of M&E, the seminar outlined the findings of his recently completed Professional Doctorate (PrD) thesis. This research uncovered some fundamental failings within the housing sector:
- 67% of contractors and 83% of designers agree that monitoring installation is the least common activity undertaken on site
- 68% believe that the commissioning process is not fit for purpose
- 88% of those surveyed have no qualifications in low carbon technologies.
The presentation delved into current commissioning processes and their shortcomings, the transfer from tacit to explicit knowledge within the industry, ‘fuzzy commissioning’ and its relation to defects, and the benefits of process performance monitoring.
The topic sparked discussion amongst attendees, who spoke of identified problems and first-hand experience of the ineffective performance of low carbon technologies.
Feedback from attendees was extremely positive, and left many with food for thought.