RCZM services support BREEAM accreditation across 12 catagories, enabling projects to go beyond the top 10% 'excellent' new non-domestic buildings to become one of the 1% of 'outstanding' new non-domestic buildings in the UK.
Life cycle cost and service life planning is carried out at RIBA Stage 2 for a 20, 30, 50 or 60 year period to provide service life, maintenance and operation cost estimates for collaborative developemnt of the principles of construction and energy strategies, as well as reporting on capital cost from RIBA Stage 2.
Aftercare post occupancy evaluation takes place one year after initial building occupation. This is done to gain in-use performance feedback from building users to inform operational processes and maintain or improve productivity, health and wellbeing, safety and comfort from RIBA Stage 5.
Visual comfort analysis ensures there is sufficient daylight to reduce operational energy use and maintain occupant comfort, health and wellbeing. Climate based daylight modeling is part of the collaborative design process that analyses glare, daylight and views out from RIBA Stage 2.
Indoor air quality analysis focuses on the reduction of volatile organic compound emission levels through collaborative development of the NBS produced by the Architect at RIBA Stage 2 to 3.
Thermal comfort is analysed using IES-VE in accordance with CIBSE AM11, Guide A and TM52. Using medium emission weather file scenarios for the years 2050 or 2030, the analysis explores passive and active design strategies, occupant predicted mean vote and predicted percentage of dissatisfaction at RIBA Stage 3.
Reduction of energy use and carbon emissions may achieve up to 12 credits, and is wholly dependent on design improvements that innovate better than the UK Building Regulations at RIBA Stage 3.
Low carbon design explores passive design measures and free cooling. A low zero carbon feasibility study is carried out for local technologies so that the overall analysis demonstrates a meaningful reduction in the total energy demand as a result from RIBA Stage 2.
Water consumption analysis uses the BREEAM calculation method to analyse the projects water-consuming fittings. Greywater abd rainwater systems maybe analysed for off-setting the use of non-potable water at RIBA Stage 3.
The comparative specification of water efficient equipment is explored using the BREEAM calculation method to reduce unregulated water consumption by encouraging specification of water efficient equipment at RIBA Stage 4.
Environmental lifecycle impact analysis is to facilitate improvement in design and decision making for projects by quantifying the embodied environmental and cost implications of material and product choices on a whole-building basis at RIBA Stage 3.
Insulation analysis is designed to recognise and encourage the use of thermal insulation of the building fabric and services which has a low embodied environmental impact relative to its thermal properties at RIBA Stage 4.
Analysis of material efficiency takes place throughout the project lifecycle to recognise and encourage measures to optimise material efficiency in order to minimise environmental impact of material use and waste.
This is a risk assessment of the resilience of the structure and fabric of a project carried out in addition to Hea 04, Ene 01, Ene 04, Wat 01, Mat 05 and Pol 03 at RIBA Stage 2.
The study of functional adaptability encourages measures to be taken to accommodate future changes of use of the building over its lifespan at RIBA Stage 2.