Energy Design Advice
Practically every design decision affects the energy consumption of a building - from shape, orientation and insulation at one end to the design of the heating system and the artificial lighting at the other. Often the design team needs expert guidance to help them achieve an energy efficient design. I now have considerable experience in this area; using computer-aided design tools and option appraisal techniques to help Architects and Engineers evaluate the issues involved in the Energy Efficient Design of Buildings.
Clients: The Welsh Health Common Services Authority; Bristol City Council; Feilden Clegg Architects, Bath; Allen Tod Architects, Leeds; Jamieson Associates, Hereford; Anthony Priddle Ltd, Stroud; Pentref Development Co Ltd, Cardiff; Wessex Regional Health Authority; Royal Horticultural Society/Ferguson Mann Architects.; N I Housing Executive; Architype, London / Hereford; Knightstone HA, Paddington Churches HA, Greenoak HA, MSA Architects Nottingham, Hastoe HA, Jon Broome Architects.
In existing buildings there are often major energy savings to be made by improving building and plant performance. An energy survey is a good starting point to identify the savings and construct a programme of work to reduce energy consumption. I have carried out many Energy Surveys in Residential, Commercial, School, Hospital and College buildings.
Full M & E Design and Contract Supervision
Design Advice Programmes or Energy Surveys can be extended to include a full Mechanical and Electrical design service. I carry out this sort of work with Integrated Design Partnership, Consulting Engineers of Bristol, together we have wide experience and expertise in Building Services Design in Domestic, Commercial, Industrial, Hospital and School Buildings.
Energy and Building Services Management
Energy efficient design needs to take into account the way the building will be managed. I have had experience of energy and building services management in my role as part-time Energy and Building Services Manager at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education (now Universtiy or Gloucestershire). The College is spread over four main campuses and has a £½ million a year fuel bill. My job at the College involved: strategic planning of building services, controlling new designs, monitoring and targeting, carrying out energy conservation projects, instigating new good-housekeeping procedures and propaganda campaigns. I also have had an Energy Management role as a consultant to Cheltenham Borough Council.
Condensation problems, Overheating, Environmental Quality, Noise Control and Acoustic Conditions have all been the subject of survey work and analysis in a series of fascinating commissions.
Clients: Pirelli Tyres, Burton on Trent; Cheltenham Ladies College; Oxford Regional Health Authority; Cheltenham Boys College; AMOCO (UK) Exploration Co; St Anthony's College, Oxford; R A Beswick Associates, Stoud High School, Copelands School.
Effective Energy Management often requires new skills and attitudes. I have developed several training packages specifically targeted for different groups. With the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at York University, I have run courses for Regional Health Authority Works' staff, County Councils and other Local Authorities. I have developed a comprehensive "Training for Energy Efficiency" programme aimed at improving energy management in Gloucestershire County Council's schools. I have run training programmes for BRE and the EST. In addition I have a suite of training programmes on Low Carbon Housing design and refurbishment. I also train OCDEA assessors for the National Home Energy Rating Scheme.
During my time as Technical Editor of "Energy in Building" (it used to be a good mag!), and during my time as a consultant at ETSU, I developed writing skills that I draw upon constantly. If you have communication problems or need help in preparing documentation, I may be able to help.