DB3 Net Zero

DB3 Net Zero

DB3 Net Zero draws the experience of our in-house mechanical & electrical engineers, architects, energy assessors, Passivhaus designers and sustainability experts to achieve your net zero targets.  

With the construction industry currently contributing over 40% of UK’s carbon footprint, we at DB3 strive to take a hold of our responsibility as architects and engineers in achieving the UK’s Net Zero targets through the work we do.

As such, DB3 Group have combined our existing expertise and services under the new umbrella known as DB3 Net Zero and deliver: 

  • Analysis, assessments and reduction of carbon emissions
  • Advise on best techniques on retro fitting existing buildings or designing new builds at low, net zero or Passivhaus standards
  • Compliance assessments with regulation
  • Considerations for the community and social impact as well as the health and wellbeing of the people who use the buildings.

Our team has spent many years delivering low carbon residential schemes including passive houses, offices and schools as well as energy efficient projects in the sports and leisure, industrial and manufacturing, retail, conservation and heritage sectors.

DB3’s suite of Net Zero consultancy services is broken down into six categories: Carbon, Efficiency, Wellbeing, Performance, Compliance and Passivhaus (also referred to as Passive House) – you can find out more about each category below.

DB3 Net Zero

Road to Zero Carbon

Road to Zero Carbon

We focus on a “fabric first” approach and passive design measures first, leading to overall energy efficiency and quality in construction. The energy that is not required for a building’s operation and maintenance in the first place, whether new build or retrofit, is the greenest energy of all!

With existing buildings, a detailed survey will highlight whether retrofitting instead of demolishing and re-building is the best option.

With new projects first stages in achieving net zero carbon buildings involve reducing the building’s operational and embodied carbon. Followed by incorporating renewable and sustainable energy supplies and offsetting the remaining carbon, which complete your net zero journey.

DB3 Net Zero services can ensure your project achieves its journey to zero or its lowest potential carbon emissions. Our experts are here to guide and advise you on the best design practices, bespoke to the aspirational goals of your development.

Carbon

Carbon

Whether your project’s target is to achieve low or zero carbon, our experts are here to guide you on your journey of reducing carbon.

This entails a detailed analysis and advice on the best decarbonisation strategy for your project, such as moving away from fossil fuels by utilising sources of renewable energy that lower carbon emissions.

DB3 Carbon Services

  • Whole Life Carbon
  • Operational Carbon
  • Embodied Carbon
  • New Build vs Refurbishment Analysis
  • Decarbonisation

Efficiency

Efficiency

At DB3 we apply the Fabric First approach by designing buildings with a healthy indoor environment that require less energy usage in the first place. Factors such as high insulation, thermal bridge free design, airtightness and optimum mix of mechanical and natural ventilation are incorporated to ensure the buildings are as energy efficient as possible.

With existing buildings, we can provide a ‘health check’ report highlighting the performance of the building services and fabric against published benchmarks and identify the most suitable solutions that will reduce carbon emissions.

DB3 Efficiency Services

  • Energy Modelling
    • Static
    • Dynamic Simulation
  • Building Fabric Analysis
    • U value calculations
    • Thermal Bridge calculations
  • Step-by-step Retrofit
  • Smart Building Design

Passivhaus

Passivhaus

Passivhaus is a tried and tested solution that enables us to deliver net-zero-ready new and existing buildings, optimised for a decarbonised grid and augmented for occupant health and wellbeing. Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort using very little energy for heating and cooling and also can guarantee to eliminate the performance gap between design and operation.

If you are looking at developing a Passivhaus project then our Certified Passivhaus designers are at hand. We also have an inhouse qualified Passivhaus Trainer who delivers CPDs on the Passivhaus standards and methodology.

DB3 Passivhaus Services

  • Passivhaus Design
  • Passivhaus Pre-assessment
  • Enerphit
  • Enerphit step-by-step
  • Passivhaus Training / CPDs
  • Passivhaus Peer Review

Wellbeing

Wellbeing

Considerations of the end users’ experience of a building and its impact on their wellbeing is at the heart of our design work at DB3. With wellbeing we take into account not just health and wellbeing, but also community and social impact.

Our consultants will identify and advise on factors that have a significant impact on users’ health such as indoor air quality. We deliver projects
that achieve the chosen standards and ensure that the right balance between wellbeing and the associated costs is met.

DB3 Wellbeing Services

  • WELL Standard Design
  • BREEAM Standard Design
  • LEED Standard Design
  • NABERS Standard Design
  • Biophilic Design
  • Social Value Analysis

Performance

Performance

Has your project delivered the low carbon targets it set out to achieve? Our qualified assessors will evaluate and ensure that completed constructions are actually delivering.

This assessment service is not just for RIBA Stage 7 of your project but can also be utilised for older properties to identify the most appropriate decarbonisation actions to be taken along with ensuring buildings are operating within their design parameters to avoid excessive energy demand and consumption.

DB3 Performance Services

  • Thermal Imaging
    • Building Envelope
    • Building Services
  • Building Operation
    • Building User Guide
    • Operating Manual
  • Occupancy
    • Post-occupancy Evaluation
    • End-user Behaviour Assessment
  • U-value Measurement
  • EPC for Private Residential

Compliance

Compliance

Our DB3 Net Zero team are fully accredited to provide energy and carbon emission calculations, Energy Performance Certificates and are ‘Low Carbon Consultants & Low Carbon Energy Assessors’ with CIBSE Certification Register.

Compliance is not only essential for your reputation but on the outcome of your project. Our team will assess and ensure that your project meets all required criteria and complies with the relevant building regulations.

Compliance Services

  • PART L compliance
  • PART O compliance
  • Day light assessment
  • Over-heating assessment
  • Thermal Comfort assessment

DB3 Net Zero Team

DB3 Net Zero Team

Our DB3 Building Services Engineering team is led by Associate Director, Matt Ganley, who has over 20 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer and is also a qualified CIBSE Low Carbon Energy Assessor. Matt has worked on many new build and refurbishment projects that meet the client’s aspirations to reduce energy demand and consumption, improve energy efficiency and drive towards lowering overall carbon emissions.

Our Sustainability team is headed by Associate Architect, Nassia Roditi, who is not only a Certified Passivhaus Designer but also a qualified Passivhaus Trainer. Nassia has worked on a number of Passivhaus residential projects overseas, both new-build and retrofits. She has also been involved in the Passivhaus design of the first Enerphit project in Greece and her passion for sustainable design is infectious.

We also have Formation 3D Co-Founder, Ross Hamilton, on our team, who uses drones to deliver aerial and thermal imaging assessment services. These are used to identify possible thermal fabric deficiencies where insulation has not been installed as expected and also to review building services energy losses whereby insulation can be reviewed and advice given on improvements.

The aim of DB3 Net Zero service is simple – helping you deliver low and zero carbon projects that make a real impact on our planet.

 

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