Building physics and passive design


For us, passive design in the built environment it is the carefully considered wholistic design of a built asset to function and operate effectively and efficiently in its proposed location with 'as little reliance as possible' on mechanical or electrical systems to condition the internal environment.

As any practicing designer knows, this is easier said than done and as more complex and advanced technology becomes available to the designer, regulations and standards evolve, building design itself also becomes more complex.

Modern building design relies on the design team making carefully considered decisions on all aspects of building design, passive design is only one of those decisions.

Passive design, however, is a 'no brainer' and we believe it brings about the absolute best in a building, not only from an energy and sustainability perspective, but comfort, health and wellbeing, experience and value for money during construction and during operation.


Much of the beauty in passive design lies in its simplicity.

We offer a range of comprehensive building physics and passive design services, including:

  • Optimising orientation, fenestration and massing for sustainable form

  • Natural ventilation analysis

  • Overheating calculations

  • Daylighting calculations

  • Mitigating summer solar gains

  • Harnessing winter solar gains

  • Energy statements for planning

  • Part L compliance calculations

  • Energy Performance Certificates


Mechanical, electrical and public health engineering design

We offer an individually tailored, fully comprehensive design service for all aspects of mechanical, electrical and public health engineering.

We work on all building types throughout all stages of their life, from concept through construction, hand over and also advise of buildings in operation.

We are CIBSE Chartered engineers, CIBSE registered Low Carbon Consultants and highly qualified in all areas of building services engineering design.

We use the best available industry software to assist with our designs including Revit, AutoCAD, IES, Hevacomp and Relux.

Our services are comprehensive and include the design of the following services:

  • Small power and distribution

  • Lighting

  • Communications and telecoms

  • Fire systems

  • Security

  • Earthing and lightning protection

  • Above ground drainage

  • Domestic hot and cold water

  • Natural gas

  • Space cooling

  • Space heating

  • Natural ventilation

  • Mechanical ventilation


M&E Surveys

We have vast experience in delivering a variety of different engineering surveys and specialist services to the industry, these include:

  • Condition surveys

  • Life-cycle assessment

  • Pre acquisition surveys

  • Due diligence

  • Feasibility studies

  • Snagging and fault finding surveys

  • Expert witness