Low Carbon design CONSULTANTS
Innovation using our knowledge and experience of technological developments
We incorporate innovations into our designs where it is be relevant, practical and cost effective. Our expertise has been, and will continue to be attained by participation in research and development projects, through involvement with government organisations, engineering institutions and industry.
The practice is particularly proud to be a leader in the field of low energy, low carbon sustainable design.When innovative or specialist design work is ‘churned out’ from traditional building services consultancies, there are usually communication issues to overcome in relation to the progress of the project, and normally an uplift in cost would apply due to the extended supply chain.
By using LCDC to undertake all building services design aspects including specialist activities, these issues are avoided.
LCDC offer technical experience-based expertise on a range of pertinent design approaches, including:
passive solar design,
LCDC has experience of a broad mix of technical and practical applications of these approaches.
Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
We have suitably qualified and experienced engineers which is enabling the practice to expand. We aim for continuous improvement of performance by encouragement of staff CPD. We place a great deal of emphasis on training and development of all our employees with regular technical, software and other job specific training.
This is in the form of a number of external and in-house sources, ensuring that our knowledge remains right up-to-date and that we are fully equipped to meet your requirements.
We are aware that many Building Services Consultants seem to prefer to work in isolation from the rest of the team. We prefer to work closely with the team and to be involved throughout the design process. We firmly believe that integrated design in which all design team members have ideas and opinions and work together to achieve a balanced, optimum design solution is the most successful way of providing the building which our client wants.We believe that using an integrated design approach to projects is the best method to facilitate the production of a balanced and optimum design for our clients, and aim for early contribution to project planning where possible. We believe that the organisation offers a truly excellent ability to be able to undertake robust and accurate design works, but more importantly, to be able to offer expert interpretation of such design approaches. This technical expertise would facilitate interaction between LCDC and the project team, to feed into the design process. By this method, LCDC would aim to add excellent value to the team and to aid the achievement of the end results that each project brief demands.For these reasons, LCDC have frequently served not only clients in the form of end users, but also other consultants, including architects.
The practice keeps up to date with technological developments and seeks to bring new, current ideas to the design where it is believed to be relevant, practical and cost effective. As such the latest information technology systems and software are employed, which includes construction industry standard design databases, environmental estimation and computational fluid dynamics packages. Also recently published guides and codes of practice are used to investigate issues such as environmental design such as CIBSE design codes for engineering practice and the National Engineering Specification for good standard installation practices.
Our approach to projects
The practice aims to provide high quality engineering solutions at lowest possible capital and running costs for the benefits of clients. The recent and pending legislation aimed at cutting down harmful emissions and reducing energy waste will continue to increase running costs for clients and erode profit margins. However this impact can be minimised by careful attention to design solutions.
Design work is carried out using the latest state of the art computer technology.
Mechanical and electrical contractors, consultants and end users are provided with up to date information and impartial advice on the most appropriate systems
We include sustainable practices wherever they are practical and cost effective. For example we have incorporated rainwater recycling systems into the Bad Bob's night club in Dublin and an Arts Centre in Ulverston where existing water supplies are inadequate. These buildings now enjoy ample water supplies, and have reduced their water supply costs.
We consider options for good environmental practices by reference to the BREEAM checklists published by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the BRE Envest guidance and recent BSRIA publications relating to M&E Services as well as reference to successfully completed projects (good case study examples).We also refer to relevant guidnce pubished by CIBSE such as the Sustainability guide - and ASHRAE - such as Standard 189.
We have experience of the implementation of renewable energy systems, including photvoltaics, solar Hot water heating, wind turbines, combined heat and power (CHP) and ground source heat pumps.
We also specialise in naturally-ventilated solutions, including the use of atria, which requires us to have expertise in fire-engineering solutions for such projects because ventilation is key to smoke movement and safety of occupants. Complex computer modelling is required in many cases which we can carry out.
The differentiating quality of LCDC
LCDC are market leaders in sustainable, low-energy design. We deliver innovation.
We are lead by Chartered Engineers and a suitably qualified support team. Technical knowledge with respect to the core business – building services engineering – is based on a strong foundation of education, experience and continuous professional development.