Our approach is always to start by reducing the base building load. We work with the building form and fabric and design efficient M&E systems, however if we are to further reduce carbon emissions we also need to incorporate renewable technologies.
The most suitable renewable technology for a site needs to be assessed at the outset. It is a balance between the natural resources, the building energy profile, legislative requirements and capital funding vs. financial incentives. Whatever the solution, it needs to be integrated with both the building and the M&E strategy.
We have delivered many projects incorporating on-site renewable technologies including:
- Photovoltaic arrays (PV’s)
- Solar thermal
- Closed loop ground source
- Open loop boreholes
- Riverwater cooling
- Biomass heating
- Wind turbines
- Combined heat and power (CHP)
We have in-house software for modelling thermal transfer in ground source systems to check the available capacity and efficiency over the whole life of the system. We also have an engineer involved in the biomass supply chain and a PV specialist based in our London office.