QUEST Methodology Explained: Integrating Quality Management into Building Projects

The QUEST Consortium has released a report explaining the methodology behind our tool & data engine, and what both can do to de-risk energy efficiency investments going into building projects through the integration of Quality Management. 

Poorly performing or even failing systems in commercial buildings are a massive risk for investments in sustainable buildings. While anecdotal evidence is widely published, and a few studies have shown the magnitude and likelihood of individual faults, financial actors often still have difficulties to statistically evaluate the technical risks involved in specific construction and real estate investments. Consequently this lack of understanding also brings financial risks, as buildings that don't live up to their requirements lose value. QUEST aims to de-risk investments through the integration Quality Management Services (QMS) in building projects. QMS help to ensure that different requirements in the early-stages of the building project are met and close the gap between predicted & actual performance. The QUEST Tool calculates the financial value add of different to specific building projects, while the QUEST data engine provides an iterative loop to collect where building data is continuously gathered, aggregated & statistically evaluated to widen and deepen the empirical evidence.

In our report on the QUEST Methdology we describe the role of quality management in building projects, after which the QUEST methodology & toolbox are introduced (both the tool & data engine) and how to apply it for better integration of QMS.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement number 846739. The European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained in this document, which is merely represention the author's view.