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Net Zero Carbon

How we deliver Net Zero Carbon for our Clients

Our Commitment

As building services engineers we well understand the impact the built environment can have on the planet. The industry is at the beginning of a massive growth in demand for net zero consultancy and buildings. At Method we strive to push sustainable designs forward and have tried to push the industry forward through being a signatory of the Building Services Engineers movement and steering groups on a number of committees. In the past year we have had dozens if not hundreds of projects that have pushed the sustainable design of buildings forward.

Sustainable principles are already at the core of our services, with sustainability and low-carbon design embedded into the design of all our projects. We approach sustainability holistically, drawing on the skills and expertise of our engineers and consultants who can advise on all aspects of building and energy modelling, climate change and building comfort levels.

Generally it is our aim to go beyond best practice on our projects and encourage clients and design teams to design buildings with a reduced impact on the environment.

How we deliver Net Zero Carbon for our Clients

  1. We push our Architects hard to adopt a fabric first approach to help minimise energy consumption, by approaching or attaining to the standards of Passivhaus, LETI or AECB carbonlite
  2. We consider the building physics in order to work with, rather than against, and make best use of natural energy streams
  3. We push for heat pump heating strategies, and discourage the use of traditional fossil fuel technologies such as gas boilers or oil boilers
  4. We design in best practice energy efficiency and water conservation measures, no matter whether the building is formally assessed or not. Energy efficiency measures include:
    • Generous sizing of pipes and ducts so that fans and pumps don’t have to work so hard
    • Intelligent but non complex control systems so that energy savings are automated but users still feel in control of set-points and timings
  5. We consider both the on-going operational carbon, but also the embodied carbon – we look to breathe new life into old buildings
  6. We obtain and review energy data from the first couple of years of operation to understand how the building has performed against our predictions