Sustainable Building Design
Our sustainable building design knowledge comes from in house qualified expertise. Which has been applied to various projects within all climate types, from the Arctic to the desert. Moreover, we have live project experience within various complex building types. Such as arenas, sports stadia, urban master plans, world expositions, residential and commercial developments, and university buildings.
Environmental Building Strategies
Our capabilities include climate analysis, daylight modelling and design, artificial light modelling and design, thermal modelling, energy modelling, basic acoustic design and noise control, passive design, hybrid active systems design, renewables design and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Furthermore, our environmental design work can apply to various accreditation systems, including LEED, BREEAM and Estidama. In addition, our sustainable building design team are paving the way in this field with University research. Supported further by regular lectures and conferences.
When creating sustainable building designs, our principal aim is to develop healthy, comfortable and secure environments in and around buildings. Most importantly, designs which place a minimal strain on global resources. Awareness of sustainable policies are gaining increasing supported by the public and by governments. Consequently, SpaceShapers environmental designers can fully undertake both the principles and application of low energy design and local policy. With our aim being to achieve as close as possible to net zero energy consumption in our buildings.
The business case for sustainable building design is simple and self-explanatory.
Balancing cost and life cycle value.
Investors, developers, design and construction teams and occupiers are costing projects from the feasibility. Which demonstrate low capital cost payback periods versus operational costs for good low energy design strategies (passive and active) as well as renewables. These are now shown to be 5 year payback periods for energy and 2 year payback periods for water. Compared to 20-35 years of operational savings. The financial argument is clear.
Reducing operational costs.
BRE research has shown that capital cost uplift required to achieve higher levels of sustainable development in commercial office developments are typically less than 1%.
Helping to limit investor and developer risk.
Climate change, evolving regulation and tenant expectations pose increasing challenges for existing buildings and their owners and investors. Buildings and built environment assets that are less resilient to the demands of economies, society and the natural environment may face the risk of devaluation. What’s more, these could eventually become stranded assets.
Making assets more attractive to let, sell or retain.
There is growing evidence to show that sustainable buildings offer increased rates of return for investors, and increased rental rates and sales premiums for developers and owners. The UK’s largest commercial property companies have shown that sales prices increased by over 21%. Furthermore, rental returns increased by more than 18% if sustainably certified (BREEAM or equivalent), as calculated through RICS.
Creating productive and healthy places to live and work.
Sustainable buildings can have a host of benefits for the people who live and work in them. Workplaces with good indoor air quality, good lighting and day lighting levels and higher perceptions of thermal and acoustic comfort than average office, provide a host of benefits for their users. The World Green Building Council has quantified research which shows staff productivity levels can increase by as much as 8-11% where sustainable principals are employed.
Supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals.
On 1st January 2016, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (adopted by world leaders the year before), came into force. As such, legislation in each country has been going through to enable these goals to be met by 2030. Future proofing new building projects is essential to de-risk a project which will be looking to have a life cycle well beyond the 2030 deadline.
Our sustainable building design team prioritises making your building fully responsive to its climate and topography. Our goal is to achieve minimum energy consumption feasible with a light footprint for the build. In doing so, we can help our clients manage and mitigate risk through demonstrating sustainability performance during planning, design, construction, operation or refurbishment. We also help you to lower running costs, maximise returns through market value and attract and retain tenants with desirable places to live and work.