For the month of January, we shone the spotlight on the environmental focus and the long-term, sustainable benefits our people and projects are delivering. In the past two years we have seen growing momentum throughout the construction industry – no longer are environmental credits seen as a ‘tick box’ exercise, but people are striving for real positive outcomes. Our clients are focusing on the operational cycle of their projects and property portfolios, making real investment in reducing energy usage, environmental impact and running costs of their assets. As this enthusiasm has built with our clients, we have had the opportunity to draw upon our technical experts and the knowledge and experience of our whole team has grown exponentially. We are passionate about making a positive impact in everything we do, and the enthusiasm is building throughout our team.
As our clients work towards delivering their net zero ambitions, we are seeing a continued drive towards reduced energy consumption. Often this is taking the form of Passivhaus design and we are proud to be involved in prestigious projects such as the New Collection Facility for National Galleries of Scotland, Currie High School and Maybury Primary School for the City of Edinburgh Council and the New Energy Research Demonstrator Facility for East Ayrshire Council, all of which are designed to Passivhaus standards.
To build on this bank of knowledge, and as part of our focus in January, Faithful+Gould are delighted to have become Patron Members of the Passivhaus Trust. The Trust aims to promote Passivhaus as a highly effective way of providing high standards of occupant comfort and health as well as reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK. It is an independent, non-profit organisation and the closer we have worked with experts in Passivhaus, the more we have realised the benefits it can deliver.
Here are some of the thoughts and experiences of our team:
This is another string to our bow and we can support our clients to deliver a net zero building through BREEAM, PassivHaus, Home Quality Mark (HQM), Soft Landings, Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE), energy and thermal modelling. We focus on translating our client’s needs into a deliverable vision: supporting our clients to develop their net-zero policy and strategy, including economic analysis of strategic options; supporting organisations to quantify their energy use and carbon emissions through Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS); Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR); corporate carbon accounting and energy auditing.