Low Carbon design CONSULTANTS
We apply current UK Health & Safety Practice, following UK Health and Safety regulations, including the requirement to advise the Planning Supervisor under the Construction, Design and Management Regulations -CDM. We produce risk assessments when developing design options so that Health & Safety considerations are taken into account at design stage, and we shall develop guidance for the mechanical, electrical and main contractors to consider within the tender packages. We find that this information is critical if contractors are to have a proper understanding and appreciation of health and safety issues and is particularly relevant where work is likely to take place in occupied areas of a building.
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WHO WE ARE
LCDC are market leaders in sustainable, low-energy design. We deliver innovative design solutions to achieve low energy cost effective and best practice outcomes.
We are a team of Chartered Engineers, Technician Engineers and suitably qualified support staff including CAD, BIM operators, energy modellers, document controllers and our project managers.
Technical knowledge with respect to the core business – building services engineering and energy – is based on a strong foundation of education, experience and continuous professional development.
When innovative or specialist design work is ‘farmed-out’ from traditional building services consultancies, there are communication issues to overcome in relation to the progress of the project,compatability, collaboration and an uplift in cost would apply due to the extended supply chain. At LCDC we undertake all building services design aspects including specialist activities such as computer modelling, BIM production, sustainability.
We establish a job quality plan for our projects, which sets out the procedures which will be followed, and identifies the roles andresponsibilities of all personnel. As a growing practice it has been the norm for the principals to keep close control of the technical and contractual issues during a project and to use their experience to guide our staff and other members of the project team.
There are other aspects to quality control, which we endeavour to bring to projects through our QA systems. We are in the process of attaining ISO 9001 accreditation, and have quality procedures in place which are continuously reviewed and improved.
The UK government is embarking on a range of schemes to reduce pollution levels as part of the Kyoto agreement. A large part of this is a commitment to reduce energy consumption from buildings. New revisions of Buildings Regulations Part L are being issued. This regulation sets out UK legislation in line with the ‘European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive’ by introducing much tougher requirements on total energy consumption. Additionally, local planning authorities are starting to introduce new requirements for buildings with requirements for renewable energy generation, performance over and above building regulations and achievement of sustainability ratings such as EcoHomes and BREEAM.
The government is encouraging this with Planning Policy which allows local authorities to produce development documentation specifying a minimum percentage of energy from renewables.
It is clear that the building industry must be prepared for these changes. They could mean total project costs will increase. LCDC can assist in minimising the financial impact and in some cases have shown that, through smarter design, energy usage can be reduced for little or no extra cost.
What do we offer?
We carefully consider each project individually, so as to obtain an optimum solution each time. We prefer to work 'up front' with the architectural team and client as the building brief is being considered and then designed. In this way, the building and services are properly coordinated, and integrated design can take place.
One main aim of passive solar design is to use the building as part of the solution to heating, ventilation, cooling and lighting. By this method, it is possible to reduce the amount of capital plant, which leads to reduced capital cost, maintenance & repair costs. Less plant means less fuel consumption, and operating costs can be reduced as a result.During design development, the aim is to achieve a building that is environmentally friendly, whilst being efficient - and allowing its users to perform their daily activities in a stimulating environment with the minimum of intervention with the mechanical & electrical systems. A user-friendly solution is essential.