Buildings physics and material technology

Our Building Physics team provide specialist skills that enhance the performance of buildings, ensuring sustainability and maximum occupant comfort. We use simulation programs early in the design phase to produce virtual prototypes of the proposed options, allowing clients, designers and end users to make informed decisions.

Elephant house, Copenhagen Zoo


Graeme McCutcheon. Ramboll

Graeme McCutcheon

Associate, Ramboll SCT
T: +44 7867 450 096

Ian van Duivenbode

Principal Sustainability Engineer
T: +44 7870 809 036

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.


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

To sustain world-class UK science, an ambitious modernisation programme is being planned for Rothera Research Station, British Antarctic Survey’s largest polar facility. To ensure highest quality science support, new science and operations buildings, hangar, marine facility and accommodation block, as well as site-wide infrastructure, are being designed.

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.

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