Welcome to Mat Colmer

A warm welcome to Mat Colmer who joins the BPN team as Director.

Mat has been focused on the performance of our buildings for over 15 years and brings a wealth of experience in the built environment sector to the BPN. Always working at the forefront of research and innovation, over the years Mat has delivered the Retrofit for the Future and Building Performance Evaluation programmes for Innovate UK, worked as Built Environment Lead at Digital Catapult and has recently been delivering the Transforming Construction Challenge for UKRI as Senior Innovation Lead. Together with senior roles with the Energy Saving Trust and the Zero Carbon Hub Mat brings both sector understanding and foresight to our network.

Mat is no stranger to the BPN. The outputs of the Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) programme were crucial in producing a significant body of evidence of the performance gap and were key in motivating the formation of the BPN in the first place. While delivering BPE for Innovate UK Mat worked closely with our sister organisation, the Good Homes Alliance, who led on several housing projects. Very recently through his work with UKRI, Mat supported the development of BS 40101:2022, the recently published British Standard for in-use building performance evaluation. We offer this new British Standard free to our members.

Looking forward in 2022, we are continuing our work to increase the uptake of BPE, both through regulations & standards and also through engagement with key client groups in the new build and retrofit housing sectors; non-domestic clients will follow from next year onwards. We also have a renewed vigour towards building practitioner skills and capacity. Spring sees BPN launching our new Resources Hub. Supported by Ecology Building Society the resources are tailored to help self-builders, retrofitters, clients, design teams and builders reap the value and benefits of understanding performance. To coincide with the Resources Hub we will also be bringing our directory for Building Performance Evaluators to fruition, a further source of support to find the right people to help in achieving your building performance goals.

Mat’s addition to the team as Director will add to the drive for BPN to be THE organisation for Building Performance Evaluation knowledge and expertise. Join us at www.building-performance.network to help increase the uptake of performance measurement for buildings in the UK.