We are experts in the design and quality supervision of the core mechanical services associated with buildings. This includes heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water services and sprinkler systems in commercial buildings. We also have expertise in the design of steam, gas, high purity water and CIP systems in industrial, production and healthcare facilities.
The single greatest change to the design of mechanical services systems has been brought about by the requirement to reduce building energy consumption and carbon emissions.
This calls for a more detailed design process and early interaction with the architect to maximise the passive design potential of the building. Many of our recent projects have achieved design solutions without the need for any ventilation or air conditioning. The size of heating systems have been reduced by increasing building insulation levels and improving the air tightness of the building envelope.
The drive to reduce energy costs has also led to the incorporation of new plant solutions for buildings. We are increasingly utilising biomass boiler plant, heat pumps, solar heating, open-loop geothermal systems and combined heat and power solutions in the buildings we design.
In order to reduce water consumption in buildings we have incorporated rainwater harvesting, and can provide solutions that involve the use of private water sources with water treatment, grey water schemes and other water conservation measures.