Optimising the indoor climate
A thorough understanding of the science of buildings enables our team to analyse all aspects of the building — from natural light to the flow of heat and air. We take an active role in optimising indoor climate, sunlight and daylight, thermal comfort, energy consumption and carbon emissions in the built environment.
We undertake feasibility studies to predict a building’s energy profile and advise on strategies to reduce energy demand and integrate low and zero carbon technologies. We work with architects to make best use of lighting and natural ventilation and our services engineers to optimise systems and controls.
We deliver solutions that balance compliance with planning policies, building regulations and legislation. We provide effective, practical, technical and financially viable solutions.
Our services include:
- Thermal dynamic simulation
- Daylighting and glare analysis
- Solar shading analysis
- Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to appraise heat, air and smoke movement
- Energy analysis to assess carbon reduction strategies, feasibility of renewable technologies and operational performance
- Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Display Energy Certificates (DECs)
- Energy audits and post-occupancy evaluations
Building Physics in action
Working with Kingfisher, we provided design options for lowering the carbon footprint of retail outlets across Europe, Middle East and Asia. Ramboll produced a suite of tools, including a Sustainable Property Roadmap and an online visualisation system for evaluating options.
At Lawrence Hall, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Grade II listed building in London, we used laser aided survey scanning, IES Virtual Environment and CFD to analyse its internal environment.
We also virtually prototyped design options for the air traffic control tower at London’s Heathrow.