Sustainability expertise

As we face the global climate emergency, and with more than 40% of UK carbon emissions emanating from buildings and construction activities, environmental building services consultancy Wallace Whittle provides leading sustainability expertise and strategic advice to minimise impacts from the development, refurbishment, operation, and disposal of buildings. 

Wallace Whittle operates from six offices, with more than 120 staff, and has been in Belfast and Ireland for over 20 years. “With the UK and Ireland working towards the Net Zero 2030 sustainability goals, a building services engineer and their expertise is becoming increasingly more important within the construction industry,” explained Belfast Director Gavin McCausland. “We are starting to see more onerous sustainability assessments becoming part of project tendering requirements and Net Zero, operational energy, embodied carbon assessments and NABERs ratings are our expertise at Wallace Whittle.”

The company also offers design consultancy services for energy-efficient heating, cooling, humidity and air quality systems along with expert electrical designs for all applications of electrical engineering projects. Wallace Whittle’s public health engineers promote robust compliant designs within their technical consultancy services.

Assessment and certification

Environmental building services provided by Wallace Whittle include certification, including Passivehaus, EPC, BREEAM, assessment of primary energy, embodied energy, operational energy, Environmental and Social Governance (ESG), re-use and repurposing of buildings, Part L/ Part F/Section 6 Compliance and wellbeing, among others. 

“We are currently advising clients on the benefits of retaining and reusing embodied carbon instead of demolishing and rebuilding, and this has proven very successful, particularly within the commercial office marketplace,” Gavin commented. “We are also experts in advising on the operational carbon and energy requirements for multiple types of buildings, having undertaken design for performance operational energy assessments for several projects to inform their NABERs ratings. We understand how a slight adjustment on set points can make such a massive difference in energy consumption and carbon reduction, leading to a much more efficient building.”

Wallace Whittle has worked with leading architectural practices, project managers and contractors throughout the UK on complex design projects, ranging from data centre facilities, hospitals, laboratories, schools and colleges and large-scale industrial work. Some examples of recent projects from our office include British Telecom Data Centres Belfast, Rapid7 Chichester Street, Driver Vehicle Test Centre and Offices Hydebank, Dublin Airport Central Phase 1 and St. Thomas Student Accommodation in Bristol.

Currently, the company is working on education projects worth in excess of £200 million. “Each project brings its distinct challenges, and we thrive on tackling those head on to deliver a quality of product and service that sets us apart from our competitors,” Gavin added.

Designing for people

The team at Wallace Whittle is aware of how important it is to create a quality internal environment to ensure a sense of wellbeing while delivering a positive indoor experience. The company provides evaluation assessments according to standards such as WELL, Living Building, Fitwell, the BCO Wellness Matters Guide and BREEAM, offering guidance for creating spaces where people are healthier, happier and more productive. 

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