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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.

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.

As an early signatory to the UK Building Services Engineers Declaration’s Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, one of our action plan points is to investigate zero carbon opportunities on all projects for which we are undertaking energy modelling. We will also communicate this to our project teams to raise awareness of climate change.

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.

A big part of this is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions which is a contributor to climate change.

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

Our Projects