Life cycle costing, carbon and energy management
Energy-efficient buildings lead to low operating costs in a number of ways – from good design through to operational efficiencies during the lifetime of the building. Our team works with engineers and architects at the design stage to provide solutions that capitalise on the most efficient lifetime cost. We evaluate not only the capital cost but also costs incurred in replacing equipment over time, as well as the cost of the energy where appropriate. We also benchmark technical options against industry standards.
What we do
Our services are split into three key areas:
Whole life appraisals should ideally be integrated into the building design process from concept business case stage through to occupancy, or as part of your capital investment estates strategy. As the design process moves through each development stage, the options and alternatives evolve and are assessed in a whole life context.
Operating cost planning is a key part of whole life evaluation and must be embedded into the design process to ensure efficient day-to-day operating costs. Clear understanding of business as usual operational costs help drive robust decisions from a lifetime perspective by both the design team and client sponsor.
Renewable technologies are increasingly offered as options in major refurbishments or alongside strategic investments to drive down existing energy usage. They open up the potential to benefit from a range of incentives and tariffs.
We have the skills and knowledge to evaluate options from both a whole life and operational efficiency perspective.
We have developed a database that analyses a range of renewable technologies. The analysis includes a review of the positives and negatives of each application, the issues to consider and the capital, operational and carbon-related costs incurred to use.
What you get
Carbon and energy management provides a firm basis for achieving environmentally sound performance, and we have our own model to help you make efficiencies across your property portfolio.
Benchmark: key activities during the initial stage include gathering information on running costs, and checking and sanitising details to make sure that data is complete. If gaps are apparent, missing data is estimated appropriately.
Analyse: this stage investigates the required report outputs – analysing energy consumption, validating performance of buildings or systems and testing why facilities perform as indicated. We are aware that all buildings and their occupiers have unique features which can make ‘benchmarking’ difficult. However, the key output from the analysis is the ability to understand performance drivers in order to set in place plans to mitigate areas of concern.
Actions: next we integrate our data analysis and benchmarking results to develop an improvement plan. Improvements to facilities management and housekeeping practices typically deliver between a 5–25 percent saving in annual energy usage. Emerging findings also highlight low cost and high return on investment opportunities. These range from low-cost measures such as fine tuning the settings of switches and controls, to introducing energy-saving equipment. Following carbon modelling and an assessment of the CO2 impact of your energy use, we also make a number of recommendations concerning higher cost technical installations and the application of renewables. All proposals are tailored to the needs of your business and based on your asset investment strategy.
Monitor: this stage transfers knowledge and asset information to your team, and provides you with tools to support monitoring and validation of future performance against benchmarks. We can assist your team with training and familiarisation support in the use and deployment of these tools, as well as providing ad-hoc support on an ongoing basis, should your team require.