We are physicists working in the built environment, applying science to buildings to reduce their environmental impact.
We aim to use our understanding of science, our design skills, construction site and teaching experience to improve the environmental impact of buildings, and to educate others how to do the same. Below is a selection of our services, but we are always interested to hear of other ways in which we can apply ourselves.
SUSTAINABILITY AND ZERO CARBON
We can work with you from the early design stage to reduce the environmental impact of your building project, or we can undertake an Environmental Design Review at any stage to highlight ways in which environmental savings can be made through design, efficiency, technology and user understanding of the building. We have written sustainability and energy reports for planning, and have site experience of eco-homes construction. Below is a list of our services which may be of use in meeting targets for BREEAM, the Code for Sustainable Homes, the Home Quality Mark, the Decent Homes Standard, WELL, LEED or just because you want to do a good job:
- SAP and SBEM calculations
- Daylight and overheating evaluations
- Low and Zero Carbon Technology Appraisal
- Carbon and energy analysis including Life Cycle Assessments
- Post-occupancy studies, Soft Landings and Building User Guides
How can schools respond positively to the climate emergency whilst making their classrooms more comfortable? By using their two most important resources: their people and their buildings. Ambient conditions in many classrooms are not conducive to learning which is simultaneously distracting and energy inefficient. We offer schools three services which can improve both comfort and carbon footprint whist also saving money. Read more
DAYLIGHT Design ADVICE
In addition to daylight and sunlight reports for planning, some of the other daylight consultancy services we offer include but are not limited to:
- Early stage design advice on daylight and sunlight
- Internal natural light assessments e.g. for BREEAM or LEED credits
- Rights to Light technical studies
- Climate-Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM)
- Alternatives to Climate-Based Daylight Modelling
- Shading and glazing design
- Studies of photosynthetically useful daylight
- Evaluation of photoelectric controls and daylight autonomy
Whether your building project is an extension, a suite of new homes or a city, we can help to improve its environmental impact, and perhaps make it a net contributor. From the project’s outset, we can work with you to smooth the journey through the design stages, to planning and beyond. Our Environmental Design Review service provides ideas for how to set your project on an environmental track at any stage.
Please scroll down to see examples of our work. Some interesting projects we were responsible for in previous incarnations include…Edinburgh City Council’s Design and Construction Guide, daylight design for the National Trust HQ, the design and construction of Glastonbury climbing wall, a talk on school pupils and post occupancy evaluation given at the CIBSE Technical Symposium, developing the blueprint for Energy Action Areas in London, thermal simulations for MAXXI and bespoke eco-housebuilding via Wild Oak Carpentry.
We required a daylight/sunlight assessment for a house extension project in East Finchley. Model Environments quickly produced a clear and concise report containing precisely the information we required to move our project forward with confidence.
We found Model Environments to be both professional and straightforward to work with. We would not hesitate to use them again.