Buildings physics & material technology

Ramboll provides specialist building physics consultancy services that deliver sustainable solution through low energy, low carbon emitting buildings that are comfortable to occupy and well-integrated with liveable city concepts.

Elephant house, Copenhagen Zoo


Ian van Duivenbode

Principal Sustainability Engineer and building physics specialist
T: +44 7870 809 036
Ramboll. Jane Goodman

Jane Goodman

Principal sustainability engineer
T: +44 7583 061 549
Ramboll. Antonino Saporito. Image courtesy of Paulina Sobczak Photography

Antonino Saporito

Technical associate and building physics expert
T: +44 7974 248 324

Building Physics is the study of energy flow and moisture transfers in the built environment and their effect on occupant comfort, which includes the following: 

  • Direct and indirect solar radiation transfer that can provide light and heat in buildings
  • Temperature differentials that can drive ventilation strategies to exhaust heat and provide fresh air for occupants
  • Moisture transfer control through building fabric that prevents condensation and mould growth
  • Energy supplies and demands required to artificially light, condition and power our buildings, influencing running cost

Enabling informed decisions 

Many key passive design decisions that influence a buildings carbon, energy, air quality and thermal comfort, such as orientation, albedo, form, fabric and massing need to be established early in the design process. Early involvement from our building physics engineers delivers valuable analysis and performance data for the many options available. This ensures better informed decisions can be made early in the design process to maximise passive savings. 

Prioritising passive systems 

Ramboll follows the ‘fabric first’ approach where carbon and energy savings are maximised from passive form and fabric strategies, before the design of high efficiency, active HVAC systems. By minimising the building energy demand we can reduce the need for supplementary energy sources, thus reducing costs.

With the help of calculation models and advanced simulation programs, we can create thorough insight into how the building will function before systems are in place. With this powerful knowledge, most of the risks and possibilities of the building become known even before construction starts, saving time and money.

Advanced capabilities for optimising buildings  

In building simulation, we utilise the rapid software development and existing models, for example, BIM intelligence, to calculate multiple performance indicators (e.g. energy, daylight, cost) simultaneously. This increases the knowledge and optimisation of a building, while minimising the number of separate controls.

Our active internal network regularly educates in current software, which helps us take advantage of the latest opportunities in building simulation. Furthermore, Ramboll has established links with research institutions and universities, which enables us to integrate new findings and knowledge into our design stages and process.



Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock Campus

Ayrshire College

One of the first education buildings to achieve the highest available BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’ at design stage, Ayrshire College’s new £53m Kilmarnock Campus provides a functional, flexible and efficient learning environment that encourages collaboration between students.

Ramboll. Rothera Research Station Wharf. British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey - Rothera Research Station

The Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation programme (AIMP) to support world-class science through an upgrade of British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research stations and infrastructure includes preparations for one of the world’s most advanced Polar research ships - the RRS Sir David Attenborough. 

Ramboll. Mary Rose Museum. Image: Hufton+Crow

Mary Rose Museum

Famously raised from the sea bed before a worldwide television audience of 60 million in 1982, the Tudor warship Mary Rose has been undergoing an heroic conservation process in a temporary museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Main entrance to Queensferry High School - Image: Ryder Architects

Queensferry High School

With latest research showing a direct link between indoor air quality and classroom concentration levels, Ramboll, in partnership with Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), is applying Danish building design principles to create a sustainable learning environment at Queensferry High School.

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