Our Net Zero Carbon Services

In response to global targets, businesses and governments around the world are pledging their commitment to Net Zero Carbon. But we are currently falling short and urgent and ambitious action is needed.

The built environment sector has an important role to play in the transition to a net zero carbon future and we're on hand to help businesses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

We're here to help... Find out how

Your carbon footprint might be complex, but your journey to net zero doesn’t have to be.

With RPS, you will work in partnership with a trusted advisor – your carbon champion – to give you confidence at every stage.

Supporting your path to Net Zero Carbon

Corporate strategy, CSR and management

Sustainability encompasses more than just climate change. With multi-disciplinary expertise and a holistic approach, we inform, advise and support clients to align with key UN Sustainable Development Goals, global indices and reporting initiatives. Our teams are led by experts who understand commercial, political and environmental practicalities.

Our services include:
  • Environmental auditing
  • Carbon footprinting (annual corporate)
  • Independent carbon verification (ISO 14064-3)
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Scope 3 (supply chain carbon assessment)
  • Nature-based solutions advice

Our design approach

Carbon reduction sits at the heart of our design approach.

Following a seven stage pathway, we design solutions that deliver whole life, net zero projects for our clients. 


Seven stage framework to design for net zero carbon buildings and infrastructure

Practical solutions

The transformation to a net zero carbon society will require a shift in the way we plan, design and build the supporting infrastructure. Our team has extensive experience in sourcing and designing sustainable solutions and assessing energy usage. For both new and existing buildings, RPS can help your portfolio meet the net zero carbon target.

Strategic advice

  • Circular economy solutions
  • Materials and resource management
  • Sustainable transport solutions
  • Behavioural change
  • Green procurement
  • Liveable cities
  • Green infrastructure

Site selection & development project strategies

  • Assist to understand net zero carbon definition and define a suitable brief
  • Energy statements / strategies
  • Feasibility studies for Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies
  • Forecasting operational energy and carbon emissions and setting achievable targets
  • Waste strategy
  • Transport strategy
  • Sustainability statements, appraisals and strategy
  • Biodiversity and natural capital advice
Environmental, social and governance

Building design standards

  • Energy calculations for building regulations compliance (SAP for residential and SBEM/BRUKL for commercial)
  • Thermal bridging calculations
  • Daylight / sunlight & overshadowing assessments (proposed and surrounding buildings)
  • BREEAM UK domestic / non-domestic (construction, refurbishment)
  • BREEAM international
  • BREEAM in-use
  • Home Quality Mark (UK)
  • Overheating / thermal comfort analysis
  • SKA assessment
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard
  • Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) standard
  • Home Performance Index
Building design

Design and engineering

  • Low carbon design
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Lighting design
  • Water harvesting and recycling 
  • Energy infrastructure and provision / utilities strategy
  • Construction and fabrication strategies – offsite construction
  • Hydrology, flood risk and sustainable drainage
3D BIM model showing building structure for design and clash detection


  • Off-site construction
  • Monitor construction to ensure that low energy systems are installed correctly and as designed
  • Assist with building services commissioning, end-user training and planned maintenance
  • CoCP / CEMP
Construction site


  • Display Energy Certificates (DEC)
  • Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
  • ESOS audits / energy audits
  • Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) and identifying performance gaps
  • Monitoring in-use stage energy and carbon emissions and reporting on out of range usage
  • Measuring renewable energy generation on-site and comparing against forecasted generation
Transaction advisory consultants evaluating a procurement plan

Are you on the path to Net Zero?

Review your current position with our free, quick and easy progress check.

Net Zero Carbon Progress Check

Get in touch

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Tanya Lloyd Jones

Technical Director T: +44 (0) 1235 432 190 Email
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Abingdon | UK

Conall Boland

Senior consultant - Sustainability T: +353 (0) 14882900 Email
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Dublin - West Pier | Ireland

Simon Bourke

Head of Building Services - UK T: +44 (0) 113 220 6190 Email
Leeds | UK

Matthew Gerken

Senior Director - Project Management T: +44 (0) 0161 228 1800 Email
Manchester - New York St. | UK

Joe Ellis

Operational Director - Transport & Engineering T: +44 (0) 20 7280 3300 Email
London - Farringdon Street | UK

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