A selection of recent IESD consultancy projects is listed below. If you would like to receive further information about any project, or would like to discuss how our consultancy services can meet your needs, please contact us.
The School of Slavonic and East European Studies: Passive Downdraught Cooling for Non-Domestic Buildings
For the new School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, a building of high architectural merit and low energy consumption was sought. The effectiveness of night time ventilation cooling is limited due to the urban heat island effect (and is threatened by the onset of global warming) thus a strategy of passive downdraught cooling, where fresh air admitted via a central lightwell is cooled by coils containing chilled water, is adopted.
Braunstone Health and Social Care Building
An integrated health care centre with a compact floor plan and pre-fabricated timber construction placing constraints on the available natural ventilation and daylighting possibilities. The use of single storey accommodation over most of the site with rooflights, courtyards and a labyrinth has helped to meet this challenge.
Lanchester Library: Design Concept for an Innovative Naturally Ventilated Library
Coventry University library is a large building (10,000m2) with a deep plan and sealed façade on a constrained site for which natural ventilation, lighting and effective solar shading was sought. IESD developed a natural ventilation strategy, provided a detailed study of building air flows and temperatures and analysis of annual energy usage and thermal performance
Judson College: Low Energy Architecture in a Severe Climate
Design of the environmental control strategy for a new library and faculty building for Judson College near Chicago, Illinois. In this extreme climate (-15°C and dry in winter, over 30°C and humid in summer, with much variation) a hybrid building that combines an advanced natural ventilation strategy with a mechanical cooling and heating system can deliver low energy consumption and occupant comfort.
Climate-Based Daylight Modelling: Application to Consultancy Projects
High-profile consultancy work has proved to be vital in the promotion of climate-based daylight modeling, generating interest amongst leading practitioners and professional bodies. There is a growing view that the long-established basis for daylight guidelines needs to be updated. The IESD is at the forefront of this movement for change, and the new approach now has the backing of key professional bodies such as the CIBSE and the BSI.
Energy Demand Reduction Project, working with E.ON and Ofgem
E.ON and three other utility companies in the UK are being part funded by the government to carry out energy saving trials in 40,000 UK households. These will involve installing smart (half hourly) gas and electricity meters, providing real time energy display units, enhanced information about household energy use, and energy efficiency advice. IESD are carrying out the data analysis for E.ON, and developing household surveys. This work builds on the experience of the Carbon Reduction in Buildings (CaRB) project.
Communicating Energy and Climate Change
The emissions reductions required to combat climate change are unlikely to come only from technological innovation. It is important that members of the public are engaged and motivated to take action themselves, and to press legislators for the necessary policy measures. The IESD is involved in several initiatives designed to educate and inspire various sections of the public with regard to climate change and energy issues.
Environmental Performance Modelling of New Schools
All new school buildings must meet minimum standards for environmental performance in terms of thermal comfort and ventilation. Building Bulletin 101 (BB101) provides a means of compliance with these performance standards and is widely used by school design teams. Comparing the likely performance with the criteria set out in BB101 at the design stage requires the use of advanced computer simulation software.
Hybrid Ventilation for Low Energy Building Design in China
An advanced passive cooling strategy combined with mechanical ventilation has the potential to provide energy savings in buildings in temperate and subtropical climates. In south China air-conditioning is necessary for non-domestic buildings due to the severe local climate. This project explores alternative low energy ventilation schemes that do not compromise internal thermal comfort.
Monitoring and Evaluating Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Leicester
The greenhouse gas emissions for both Leicester City Council and the City of Leicester have been estimated. This was achieved by collecting data on the fuel and electricity consumed by the city’s housing, business and transport sectors and converting into greenhouse gas emissions.
Training for a Low Carbon Future
Working in partnership with East Midlands Assembly, the Integration of New and Renewable Energy in Buildings Faraday Partnership (INREB) and Skills Training for Renewable Energy in East Midlands (STREEM) the aim is to produce and evaluate materials to inform, encourage and assist built environment professionals to plan for a low carbon future.