BEPIT – a better building toolkit

Bioregional is leading a £1.3 million, four year long research project to radically narrow the serious performance gap between the energy and carbon savings promised by new housing designs and what is actually achieved when they are built.

Building better sustainable homes with BEPIT

Bioregional has been leading a partnership which aims to deliver big improvements in the ways in which major new housing developments are constructed. We are providing a dedicated, on site research engineer.

This project is using the first phase of a large housebuilding project in Oxfordshire as a research laboratory.

In 2017, with the research phase of the BEPIT (Building Energy Performance Improvement Toolkit) project drawing to a close, Bioregional is launching a new service to share the lessons learned with housebuilders.

We’ve been carrying out the research in partnership with housebuilder A2Dominion, construction contractor Wilmott Dixon and Loughborough University’s School of Civil and Building Engineering. The project is funded by Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency.

The BEPIT project has analysed design, procurement and construction processes for energy-efficient new homes in order to understand the causes of the performance gaps. Using process mapping, monitoring and testing, the aim is to gain an in depth, all round understanding of how new homes are built in the real world, what parts of the process impact most on their performance and what can go wrong.

The aim is to deliver significant improvements and spread the lessons through the construction industry. Bioregional’s new BEPIT service offers housebuilders and their contractors an intensive and effective focus on reducing the energy performance gap in the new homes they are building.

About our partners 

Innovate UK, formerly the Technology Strategy Board, is the UK’s innovation agency which funds, supports and connects innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth.

A2Dominion is a leading housing provider and property developer in London and the South East of England. It offers high-quality sustainable homes for sale, shared ownership and rent and owns 34,000 homes with over 4,600 new properties in the development pipeline.