A Holistic Approach to Whole Life Cycle Design
Our holistic approach to green building design takes into account the whole life cycle of the building, from the earliest stages of design through construction and operation to demolition. We advise on building massing and orientation, consider the energy embodied in construction materials, optimize natural resources and incorporate renewables where possible.
In addition, we support clients worldwide in achieving the highest levels of green buildings ratings such as LEED in the US and Canada, BREEAM in the UK, and Green Star in Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Passive Design, Daylight Design and Facade Optimization
Working collaboratively with the architect during the early stages of design, we seek to maximize the inherent potential for passive environmental regulation. Through the application of natural ventilation, passive solar heating, daylight harvesting and thermal mass cooling, we can often improve building performance without increasing cost.
Harnessed effectively, designing for daylight can complement the architectural quality and character of a space while significantly reducing the energy demand of electric lighting. In addition, well day-lit environments promote occupant well-being and productivity. Our specialist teams use daylight modeling software to inform the design of building facades, light wells and atria. Our goal is to harvest beneficial natural light while mitigating the potentially detrimental side effects of glare and solar heat gain. We ensure that daylight and electric lighting designs are complementary, both in terms of energy efficiency and architectural aesthetic.
Our holistic approach to building energy modelling is an indispensable tool in developing facade solutions that maintain architectural character while delivering on energy, daylight and comfort.