Clients face increasingly demanding sustainability requirements, which our team help meet in the most cost effective way. At the same time, we help our clients capitalise on the benefits of high sustainable performance.
As well as being cheaper to run, sustainable buildings offer better occupant health and wellbeing, higher staff retention, happier tenants and a boost to corporate reputation. You also get peace of mind that your building is compliant with legislative and/or funding requirements.
Efficient energy and carbon management
Sustainable energy solutions are a major contributor to reducing the cost of energy during the lifetime of a building. They can also significantly reduce the amount of carbon the building emits over its lifespan.
With our help you can meet carbon reduction targets, drive efficiencies, comply with legal requirements and even generate income from renewable energy. We provide commercial advice on energy management and sustainable procurement, as well as whole life value and lifecycle costing.
Full green certification
Our consultants carry out building performance assessments under internationally recognised schemes including BREEAM®, CEEQUAL, LEED®, DREAM, Code for Sustainable Homes and SKA. We also issue Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates.
In addition to undertaking the green certification assessment, our service supports the attainment of these standards, including:
- Travel plans
- Building user guides
- Site waste management plans
- Indoor air quality plans
- Consultation plans
- Material efficiency reviews
- Sub-contractor engagement
Planning support from the outset
We deliver full support during the planning stages of a building, reporting and advising on a range of sustainability issues, from water consumption through to material procurement. We also write sustainability statements to help secure planning permission.
Climate Change Adaptation
A broad consensus exists that our climate is changing. This means buildings built now will operate in a different climate in the future and design must take this into account. We can assess the risk of climate change on your current and proposed properties, identify measures that help manage these risks.
Our consultants are able review building processes and procedures to confirm compliance with existing and forthcoming legislation. We help identify measures that reduce environmental impact and boost Corporate Responsibility credentials. Our certified Lead Auditors can guide you through the recently introduced Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS).
We assess building design to ensure that materials selected help minimise waste have a low environmental impact and are responsibly sourced. This includes reviewing schemes to confirm their recycled content and embodied carbon.
Bath Spa University (UK)
We developed a performance-based partnering contract to enable Bath Spa University to achieve its carbon reduction target of 50%. This achieved a guaranteed annual energy saving of over 25%, with a further 17% saving through efficiencies in maintenance and operational management costs. The scheme substantially mitigates all investment risk for the university, and provides certainty of efficiencies that can be factored into long-term financial planning.
The surgical function of the building necessitated a sterile environment with fully mechanical ventilation, resulting in a complex servicing strategy. Investing in sustainability was fundamental to the hospital’s brief. We coordinated workshops to make sure that the entire construction team bought-in and understood BREEAM® requirements from the outset. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the team, the scheme was names as BREEAM® Healthcare Building of the Year 2014.