Prior to the construction phase, often a period of value engineering will be undertaken – the professional team analyses if the client’s money is being spent prudently and in the right areas. Often, alternative systems are proposed which can meet performance parameters at a reduced cost.

It is at this stage where it pays to know what systems are having the biggest impact on the project goals i.e. there is little point decreasing fabric performance in a heat dominant building – conversely, providing less insulation in a cooling dominated building will lower its annual energy demand whilst also saving money.

Employing ZED chartered mechanical engineers with a modelling specialism, we can target these areas specifically without taking a wider approach – our first proposals will be those which have the most potential.