The 26th November 2020 saw the official launch of the NABERS UK energy rating system.
NABERS UK is a new scheme for rating the operational energy efficiency of UK offices, which will play a vital role in bridging the performance gap between the design and in-use energy performance of offices in the UK and create much needed transparency for the market.
The NABERS UK scheme has been developed by Better Building Partnership, via their Design for Performance initiative, in close collaboration with the Australian NABERS programme.
The system measures and verifies the actual energy use of existing offices, providing a rating from 1-6 stars to help building owners accurately target, measure and communicate the energy performance of their buildings, demonstrating whether they are on a net zero carbon trajectory.
For new office developments & refurbishments, developers will be able to use the Design for Performance process to target a NABERS Energy rating at the design stage, which can be used to verify performance when the building is occupied.
Hannan Associates are very proud to be working as part of Legal & General Investment Management’s team for the design of the Ralli Quays office and hotel scheme in Salford. This project is one of only 14 office developments in the UK pioneering Better Building Partnership’s Design for Performance initiative.
CGI of Ralli Quays scheme
Ralli Quays Thermal Model
As part of our package on this development we are utilising complex thermal modelling software to accurately simulate HVAC plant and control networks for each building to ascertain the predicted in use operational energy consumptions. This is vital in providing a building-integrated approach where the HVAC systems and building are assessed as a whole, allowing all gains/losses, heat transfer and thermal mass in the building to be accounted for alongside system performance.
The output for in use energy is also used to assess the building’s future proofing against the UKGBC and Paris target emissions.
The launch of NABERS UK comes at a critical time, as the built environment comes under increasing pressure to meet net zero carbon targets and we await the imminent release of the UK government’s energy performance white paper.
The new national headquarters for RM Resources at Harrier Park, Hucknall has reached completion.
RM resources, part of RM plc, are a market leading provider of technology and resources to the education sector. Their new 195,840 sq ft headquarters will help to consolidate their distribution activities into a single location and forms part of a wider improvement programme across their business.
Harrier Park is a 67 acre mixed-use development at Hucknall, led by an exciting joint venture between Muse Developments and the site-owner Rolls-Royce. The development will bring forward commercial space, industrial units, new homes, a primary school and community facilities, which will create a number of jobs in the area.
Hannan Associates are very proud to be part of Legal & General Investment Management’s team designing the Ralli Quays office and hotel scheme in Salford.
This project is one of only 13 office developments in the UK pioneering the Design for Performance initiative.
The UK’s approach to building design has typically been centred around design for compliance, which has led to a known energy performance gap between how buildings are designed to perform and how in reality they actually perform. As the construction sector comes under increasing pressure to improve its sustainability and meet legislative and developing standards, not least the 2050 ‘Net Zero’ Paris Agreement & intermediate targets, more effective solutions are required.
The Design for Performance initiative was devised by The Better Buildings Partnership alongside NABERS to help close this energy performance gap by providing the UK with an approach based on measurable performance outcomes rather than solely using design based criteria to assess a building’s impact.
As part of our package on this project we are utilising complex thermal modelling software to accurately simulate HVAC plant and control networks for each building in order to ascertain the predicted in use operational energy consumptions for a variety of on-axis and off-axis scenarios.
Thermal Model of Ralli Quays
This is vital in providing a building-integrated approach where the HVAC systems and building are assessed as a whole; allowing all gains/losses, heat transfer and thermal mass in the building to be accounted for alongside system performance and thus allowing us to address the performance gap created by the out of date methodology to design buildings for compliance.
We can accurately assess the results of simulations and check against the latest Energy Performance Targets based on the successful Australian NABERS approach. The output for in use energy is also used to assess the building’s future proofing against the UKGBC Paris target emissions.
The Base Building Energy Rating (BBER) tool developed by Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) has been used to measure energy performance of landlord services in multi tenanted office buildings against a 7 star scale – the higher the star score the more efficient the energy performance of the landlord services. This will be used to predict the star rating of the Ralli Quays office.
We are very pleased to be working alongside EPR Architects, DPP One, Turner & Townsend, Walker Sime, Clancy Consulting, Colliers on this project.
If you would like to speak to us about Design for Performance and low carbon design, please give us a call or drop us an email.
Offices, in all forms, have been at the core of our business for over 30 years.
Our extensive experience in this sector along with continued training and research means that we can contribute in depth knowledge of a wide range of Building Services design solutions available for office environments and advice on cost in use. Our engineers understand what our clients and end-users expect and need from the 21st Century workplace.
Work is now underway on the 67 acre mixed-use development at Harrier Park, Hucknall in the East Midlands.
Harrier Park is an exciting joint venture between Muse Developments and the site-owner Rolls-Royce that will bring forward commercial space, industrial units, new homes, a primary school and community facilities, which is expected to create a number of jobs in the area.
In January this year, technology and resources supplier RM Resources signed up to take a 195,840 sq ft building at the scheme for which main contractor GMI Construction Group have been appointed and ground has now been broken.
Hannan Associates are providing building services design, procurement, construction monitoring, BREEAM and Sustainability services for the project.
We are very pleased to introduce you to Hayley Sheppard, the latest member of the Hannan team.
Hayley is a BREEAM Advisory Professional and has joined Hannan Associates as a BREEAM & Sustainability Consultant. We wish her much luck and happiness in her new role.
“I like to lead BREEAM from the fore as much as possible, It should be embedded in the project as early as possible to really reap the benefits. I am very passionate about sustainability and driving this as an agenda. The thing I enjoy most is that I am working as a sustainability professional inputting into new buildings and therefore contributing towards achieving a sustainable built environment. I believe in the possibilities of sustainability without detracting from our quality of life and that is the thing I get most excited about.”
If you would like totalk to Hayley about BREEAM and Sustainability please do not hesitate to get in touch: [email protected]
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