The new RIBA Plan for Use Guide has referenced the GHA Building Performance Evaluation Guide. This guidance has been produced for Woodknowledge Wales on behalf of the Home-Grown Homes project. The document was authored by Susie Diamond & Julie Godefroy, for the Good Homes Alliance.
From setting realistic and measurable targets to undertaking Post-Occupancy Evaluation, the new Plan for Use details the actions relevant at each RIBA Plan of Work Stage to deliver efficient and effective buildings for the people who use them and the planet.
The Plan for Use complements the Sustainable Outcomes Guide and the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 in that it provides greater detail on the activities required at each stage, which are needed to deliver the desired outcomes of high performing, efficient and comfortable buildings. It uses case studies such as the recent NHS Nightingale at Excel, London by BDP to highlight the actions that can be taken at each RIBA Stage to deliver more efficient buildings. The RIBA recommends using the Plan for Use Guide as part of standard processes on all projects alongside the other new guidance.
A key aspect of Plan for Use is Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE). You can find further information on POE on the GHA Knowledgebase.
For over sixty years we have predominately focused on the Plan of Work, but now, with this highly anticipated guide, we can finally rebalance our focus to consider how our buildings will be used. It completes the RIBA’s suite of sustainability strategic guidance, and I am sure it will have a profound effect on how we think about and design buildings for a sustainable future.
Gary Clark, RIBA Sustainable Futures Group Chair