Energy retrofit projects involve upgrading an existing residential property to improve its energy efficiency, comfort, and/or environmental performance. We advise on the most appropriate solutions and can research and mange contracts that include installing insulation, upgrading windows and doors, improving heating and ventilation systems, and installing renewable energy sources.
As part of our role in cost planning and value engineering, our surveyors can identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency in buildings and reduce operating costs over the building’s lifetime.
Some of the ways in which a help our clients on energy efficiency include:
- Energy Audits: Our team conducts an energy audit of homes to identify areas where energy is being wasted, and where improvements can be made. This involves analyzing energy bills, inspecting building systems, and conducting energy measurements.
- Benchmarking: Energy efficiency advisors carry out benchmarking studies to compare the energy performance of a building to similar buildings. This can help identify areas where energy efficiency improvements can be made.
- Material Selection: We research and analyse materials and products, identify best practices and advise on the selection of those that have high insulation properties, are durable and can save energy.
- Building Design: Our team can suggest building designs that maximise natural light, reduce energy usage for heating and cooling and improve ventilation.
- Mechanical and Electrical Systems: Our engineers can recommend the use of energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems such as heating, ventilation, and heat pumps, lighting systems, and control systems.
- Life Cycle Costing: Undertaking a life cycle costing analysis of the project, which takes into account the capital cost of construction, as well as the operational and maintenance costs of the building over its lifetime. This analysis can identify the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures to implement.
Overall, a quantity surveyor can help ensure that a construction project is not only cost-effective but also energy-efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.