As building services engineers, we well understand the impact the built environment can have on our planet.
To help reduce this impact, we are fully committed to working alongside other engineers, consultants and architects to implement measures that not only address operational energy and embodied carbon issues but also aim to combat climate change as a whole.
We do this through close collaboration between our M&E engineers and our energy modeling team, who can advise on all aspects of building and energy modeling, climate change and building comfort levels.
Together, we determine the building services solutions that will best reduce a client’s energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Sustainable principles are already at the core of our services – and as signatories of the Building Services Declare for the Climate Emergency we have a lot of experience of helping clients bring to life their Net Zero ambitions.
The London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) and UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) defines a net zero carbon building as one that achieves the operational net zero requirements in-use, as well as assessing and reducing the impacts of upfront Embodied Carbon emissions in line with current best practice targets.
To meet either of these standards, it is important not only to consider the operational carbon emissions of a building (the carbon associated with running the building) but also the Embodied Carbon of the materials used in the building’s construction.
Net zero is a challenging target for the UK construction industry and we are excited to offer net zero carbon consultancy services, addressing operational energy and embodied carbon using the RICS Whole Life Carbon and UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings approach with recognised software and thorough analysis.
As well as being signatories to the ‘Engineers Declare’ initiatives, we have taken direct actions to reduce and offset the carbon emissions associated with our own business activities and setting our own path towards net zero.
Our business is founded upon reducing energy and implementing sustainable design. As part of this, we have calculated our own carbon footprint for our head office and staff using the PAS 2060 methodology. Our priority is to offset emissions through local projects with a tangible benefit, so we have chosen to use the UK Green Building Council recommended voluntary £/tonne payment, and in 2022 we invested in a local primary school solar PV project, to enable them to install their own PV array. While we finalised the carbon footprint calculation for our smaller offices, we chose to increase the payment as an estimate, to try and cover all of our operations.
We chose the higher voluntary carbon payment as this is a more realistic value to allow investment in carbon offsetting projects (rather than the minimum for purchasing carbon credits).
We are committed to reviewing this regularly and to continue investing in meaningful projects towards zero carbon.
Some of the actions we have taken as part of our carbon management plan include:
Decarbonisation strategies for existing buildings
Victoria Offices & Conference Centre, Station Approach, Victoria, St. Austell
One St Aldate’s
Copyright Method Consulting. All rights reserved.
Company no. OC362831.
Company no. 12362852.