Our Net Zero Carbon Project Services

With 39% of global emissions coming from buildings and their construction alone, the built environment sector has a very important role to play in the fight against climate change.

And as planners, engineers and environmental scientists we’re here to help clients tackle complexity and achieve viability in the delivery of sustainable projects. Through strategy, sustainable solutions and low carbon design we can help you reach your carbon-neutral goals.

Strategic advice

Whatever your aspirations, whether you’re striving to deliver a project that is carbon neutral from start to finish and beyond or looking to reduce your emissions in line with your wider sustainability targets, we can advise on bespoke solutions that will help you deliver a greener project.

Our services

Energy efficiency and building performance

A high performing, energy efficient building not only allows end users to reduce their capital and operational costs, but can also help lower air pollution, improve indoor conditions, improve wellbeing and lower fuel consumption leading to a reduction in emissions.

Our team of experienced BREEAM, EcoHomes, CEEQUAL, LEED and WELL assessors work with you to ensure your building is built for resilience.

Our services

  • Energy calculations for building regulations compliance (SAP for residential and SBEM/BRUKL for commercial)
  • Thermal bridging calculations

Site selection and energy strategy

Site selection is critical when striving for net zero, playing an important role in the reduction of emissions. The location of your project and how it connects to local energy supplies and watershed are key considerations, as well as its impact on the local community and ecosystems. 

Our services

  • 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

Low carbon design and engineering

Low carbon solutions sit at the heart of our design approach. Whatever your sustainability aspirations, we can help you achieve net zero carbon through design.

Following our seven-stage pathway, we tackle embodied and operational carbon to design whole life, carbon neutral projects for our clients.

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

Projects under construction

Monitoring carbon impacts during the construction process is essential to keep your project on track. Any changes that may have evolved during the tender and procurement process will need to be accounted for in your carbon targets as your project comes to life. Through regular reporting you can ensure your project meets its sustainable goals.

Construction site

We offer expertise in:

  • Design and collaboration
  • Managing carbon in construction
  • Carbon management at handover
  • Offsite and modern methods of construction (MMC)
  • Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP) / Code of Construction Practice (CoCP)
  • Sustainable procurement to ensure local suppliers of green materials
  • Minimisation of waste using circular economy principles
  • Construction methodology and programming to minimise transport emissions
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Operational buildings

Once operational, your building will need to undergo annual monitoring and reporting across its lifespan to ensure it meets carbon performance requirements. 

Verifying how a building performs when in use is essential to close any 'performance gap' (the difference between expected and actual performance). 

Our services

  • 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.

Measuring embodied carbon

To decarbonise the built environment, we need to reduce the greenhouse gases (GHG) that are emitted during the construction of our assets - the embodied carbon. Understanding where these emissions are generated, and reducing them accordingly, is critical if we want to deliver net zero assets. But not every project requires a whole building life-cycle assessment - we provide our clients with tailored solutions.

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Measuring and reducing carbon for HS2

Our team provided design services for a series of enabling works for HS2 in Northamptonshire, including new highways construction, diversions, drainage and landscaping. A key requirement in the contract was to accurately measure the carbon footprint at each design gateway and to develop solutions to meet HS2’s target for a 30% carbon reduction compared to a standard reference baseline.

Services provided

  • Lifecycle Analysis
  • Low Carbon Design

Find out how we delivered a 33% carbon reduction >>>

Webinar: Reducing carbon emissions on development sites

Register today

Join our Leading Minds Webinar to explore individual building measures and site wide energy strategies that a development can use to meet all the social, economic and environmental tenets of a sustainable design. 

Tuesday 6th September 2022, 11am

Presented by Simon Bourke, Head of Building Services UK

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Meet the team


Kester Purslow

Senior Director – Architecture T: +44 (0) 1636 605 700 Email
Newark | UK
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Conall Boland

Sustainable Infrastructure T: +353 1 488 2900 Email
Dublin - West Pier | Ireland
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Andrew Stevenson

Director - Planning T: +44 113 220 6190 Email
Leeds | UK

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