Environmental design is central to everything we do; it is our passion. Our practice began over 50 years ago with the reduction of waste, particularly energy, as a founding principle. All of our engineers are highly versed in building physics and we apply this expertise to help clients to reduce energy use by exploring every possibility that their building, whether new build or refurbishment, offers.
Design starts with analysis all of the natural resources available on a site: solar orientation & shading, wind speed and direction, availability of water above and below ground, seasonal and diurnal temperatures and so on.
We work closely with the architect to develop options for the building form, fabric and facade that will maximise the opportunity for passive conditioning, using controlled daylight and natural ventilation. However, passive design, sometimes known as bio-climatic design, will only get us so far. We then focus on the optimisation and efficiency of active M&E systems and the integration of appropriate renewable technologies.