Sustainability and environmental performance of new buildings is an important part of successful architecture. We bring a flexible, energy efficient, sustainable approach to every project and ‘UMC Environmental Services’ can be taylored to provide specific professional support to meet Planning and regulatory requirments.

Our design process follows the recognised ‘Energy Hierarchy’ to reduce the need for energy, use energy more efficiently and finally to supply energy from renewable sources. Following from this we consider a buildings wider environmental impact by reducing waste, the practical use of sustainable materials, transport, water efficiency, drainage issues and ecological considerations.

Creating comfortable buildings to occupy is also crucial. High levels of natural daylight, natural ventilation and cooling, indoor air quality all lead to a positive experience by those working in and visiting our buildings.

UMC Environmental Services

We can deliver a professional, accredited and certified services covering the following areas:

  • BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method).
    This is a measure of the sustainability of a building and sets the standard for best practice in sustainable
  • Design and specification.
    We provide a professional no-nonsense approach to what can be a very challenging requirement.
  • SBEM & EPC
    All new building developments require SBEM calculations and Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) under Building Regulations Approved Documents L2. This is a measurement of the overall energy efficiency of the property and we can provide robust professional advice.
  • Sustainability Statements
    We provide Sustainability Statements covering key sustainability issues to fulfill the various requirements of different local planning authorities throughout the UK. Our Statements balance environmentally sound proposals with commercial viability.
  • Dynamic Simulation Modeling
    We can create very detailed thermal models of facilities to accurately predict how buildings will operate in terms of heating, cooling and ventilation.
  • Daylight and Sunlight Modeling
    Solar modeling enables us to understand and control the geometric relationship between the sun and buildings to optimise building position and orientation and minimise cooling plant or heating requirements. Many planning authorities now require light issues to be addressed as part of a planning application and we can provide the specialist advice needed in this complex area of planning.