The Design for Performance (DfP) initiative from the Better Buildings Partnership
The Better Buildings Partnership is a membership organisation for commercial property owners. It has been working for over a decade to help its members improve the energy performance of their property portfolios. It found that a significant hurdle was the UK’s design-for-compliance culture, leading to the ‘performance gap’ that exists between original design intent and how a building truly performs in-use.
In contrast, Australia has had a system to measure and rate the operational efficiency of its commercial offices since 1999 - NABERS. The DfP initiative worked to bring the knowledge and success of NABERS to the UK by applying the same principles that have been so effective in Australia to a certification scheme for new UK office developments. This worked culminated in the launch of NABERS UK in October 2020.
Various documents here:
For NABERS across the world, see www.nabers.gov.au