As buildings become increasingly complex, the integration of environmental systems and technologies plays a pivotal role in the success of a project through its conception, at the point of delivery and during occupancy. We begin this dialogue with our clients and design team partners as early as possible and continue beyond practical completion with post occupancy reviews to ensure the building systems are understood and used effectively. Our approach follows the philosophies outlined in the BSRIA ‘Soft Landings’ document which aims to make buildings perform better from the outset. We also employ the most widely used environmental assessment methods such as BREEAM, LEED and Passivhaus and have an in-house BREEAM professional leading bext practice and innovation.
Our environmental design philosophy follows a robust ‘fabric-first’ approach, ensuring that all opportunities for passive, low-technology energy-saving measures are adopted from the outset. With this aim, we have adopted in-house modelling techniques such as Sefaira to ensure that we have accurate data from concept design stage which then feeds back into the design.
Our projects, such as Trumpington Secondary School, explore the most robust low-maintenance strategies such as embedded air cooling pipes below ground to deliver exemplar energy efficiency targets. We are also conscious of the high impact of embodied carbon and are incorporating renewable low-embodied energy materials such as cross-laminated timber in projects including Ickburgh School.