Our daily lives whether they are at home, work, school, convalescing or at play are reliant on readily available hot water for many uses. We provide solutions that meet today’s need for hot water without compromising the needs of those that follow us. Applying innovation, we minimise energy consumption generated by the production of hot water without compromising today’s needs for it.
As with the daily requirement for hot water, potable water is used for that which it is absolutely necessary and for other processes that it is not. We design with water efficiency as part of the solution applying potable water sustainably where it is need most and using it efficiently where it is need least. As with our approach to mechanical design our water efficiency engineering balances, use, technical requirement and cost.
We understand the sustainable requirement for daylight design within buildings. Naturally lit spaces minimise the use for artificial lighting during day light hours and allows artificial lighting to be best put to use during times of low light levels and at night. Our approach and work with client team members during the earliest stages of a scheme allows natural light to be supported efficiently by artificial light through the sustainable use of day light.
Sustainable design is a holistic methodology and requires innovation and engineering in many areas such that there are strong economic, social and environmental strengths to a client scheme. Our approach ensures that thinking and innovation is applied to the selection, application and use of materials throughout the construction process meets today’s needs without compromising tomorrows.
Our sustainable approach to water used within schemes extends to the sustainable removal of waters once they have been efficiently and usefully fulfilled their purpose for the scheme. We recognise that whilst “end of pipe” solutions to drainage systems meet today’s needs, they do not provide positively for tomorrow’s. Working with client teams, our sustainable approach to drainage ensures that we meet today’s obligations without compromising tomorrows.
Our focus on sustainable design techniques requires us to re-evaluate traditional approaches to mechanical and electrical design. We understand that it is selection and specification of electrically operated equipment that dictates the electrical design, use and operation of such of equipment. Our initial sustainable approach minimises electrical consumption and through equipment selection, allows our electrical design to meet today’s needs without adversely compromising tomorrows.
We approach mechanical design to ensure that it is low energy without compromising occupant comfort when it is really needed. We also design to avoid over sizing and consider part load operation the norm whilst allowing for peak demands. Our designs follow one of our core principles, economics, such that within or design engineering we recognise as engineers, the balance between technical requirement and cost of installation.
We understand the onus that planning & building regulations place upon our clients. We recognise what really matters for our clients and commit to providing a sustainable approach for our clients during planning and building regulation approvals such that these statutory requirements are sustainable for our clients.
Working hand in hand with daylight design, our approach to artificial lighting design ensures that activities within spaces receive the correct levels of lighting without compromising comfort our sustainable principles. As with electrical design, an innovative approach is taken to provide sustainable lighting within projects, through selection and operation of artificial lighting.
As BREEAM assessors, advisors, including sustainable design engineers and consultants, our approach ensures that any assessment methodologies undertaken are met with economic, social and environmental thinking to ensure a sustainable assessment is determined without impacting sustainability for our clients.
Our energy use does not begin once we turn on the heating and lights of a scheme. Energy is used during the manufacture and installation of materials and products that are used in the construction of a scheme along side the resulting use of energy consuming appliances that operate once a scheme is operational. We strive to ensure that the energy use during the formation of materials and the construction of a scheme is sustainably and efficiently applied to reduce and then minimise the use of those appliances that consume energy during operation. We apply innovation and sustainable thinking to the form of the building to minimise appliance use and thus satisfy today’s requirements without hindering tomorrows.
Our experience with renewable technologies and their application and installation out performs many within our profession. We ensure that the correct technology is applied when appropriate ensuring that core engineering principles are adhered to such that performance of the technology is not compromised and therefore occupant comfort is maintained. Applying an innovative sustainable approach to renewable design, we ensure that renewable technologies are engineered and incorporated in combination to better effect without compromising one of our core values, that being, sustainable economic sense.