Viridis Building Services

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Viridis Building Services's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Viridis Building Services is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.viridisbsl.co.uk

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Managing Director LeeMarshall
Viridis Building Services, design
and consulting engineers
Working to ensure that buildings and their mechanical and
electrical systems are net zero and as environmentally
friendly as possible is no easy feat. Managing Director
Lee Marshall says his firm Viridis has sought to do just that over
the past eight years. Lee talks with
The Parliamentary Review
about challenges in the commercial installation sector and how
Viridis is guided by UN climate change goals.
The heart of our work here is net zero, low carbon and energy efficiency. As
design and consulting engineers, we have a particular focus on designing buildings
and the mechanical and electrical systems within them, ensuring they are as
environmentally friendly and energy efficient as possible. Our design processes
eliminate any unnecessary mechanical and electrical services and reduce energy
usage as much as possible.
Working alongside architects and other build team partners, we implement net
zero energy-saving elements. This includes increasing floor and ceiling heights to
mitigate overheating, correct window sizing allowing more light into the building
and reducing the use of electrical lighting, thus lowering the energy consumption
of the building. We also assist with all aspects of energy engineering, review
mechanical and electrical systems and reduce over-insulation and over-servicing.
Efficiency: our primary goal
We assist architects with all aspects of energy engineering and help to rationalise
how much insulation is installed. Many buildings are over-insulated, something
which adds nothing to their sustainable value and fails to contribute to the
FACTS ABOUT
VIRIDIS BUILDING SERVICES LTD
»Managing Director:
LeeMarshall
»Established in 2011
»Based in Newark-on-Trent and
Falkirk
»Services: Design and
engineering consultancy
»No. of employees: 9
»Net zero specialist
»Nearly zero-energy specialist
Viridis Building
Services Ltd
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country’s net zero energy reduction
targets. Alongside this, we study the
mechanical and electrical systems
within a building, reviewing all of the
primary energy users. Through our
net zero design process, we try and
eliminate any unnecessary mechanical
and electrical services and where this
is not possible, we try and reduce their
energy usage to nearly zero. Buildings
can often be over-serviced by as much
as three times and we think there
are many elements within traditional
design which can be eliminated to
increase efficiency.
Our business was established with
the goal of making buildings net
zero and energy efficient, which is
fundamental to our ethos. Our focus
is not just environmental, however,
as we always balance efficiency with
commercial benefit: we aim to achieve
the maximum environmental gain at
the lowest possible cost: our designs
can come in at half of the cost of
similarones.
Operating primarily in the East
Midlands, with a satellite office outside
Edinburgh and a select number of
projects in London, we monitor the UN
climate change goals and work towards
them even before they become UK
policy, providing solutions for our
clients that are ahead of the curve and
future-proof for the longterm.
A forensic approach
Key to our success is taking the time
at the beginning of a project to deeply
understand the specific requirements
of each building. While this might
sound simplistic, it is essential if we
are to fulfil our clients’ aspirations
and find optimal net zero solutions.
We are then able to understand these
aspirations and guide each client in a
particular direction.
Once we know the facts, whether in
terms of efficiency or the amount of
heat lost, we can offer net zero or nearly
zero energy solutions to theclient.
Nearly zero-energy
offices
We always
balance
efficiency with
commercial
benefit
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country’s net zero energy reduction
targets. Alongside this, we study the
mechanical and electrical systems
within a building, reviewing all of the
primary energy users. Through our
net zero design process, we try and
eliminate any unnecessary mechanical
and electrical services and where this
is not possible, we try and reduce their
energy usage to nearly zero. Buildings
can often be over-serviced by as much
as three times and we think there
are many elements within traditional
design which can be eliminated to
increase efficiency.
Our business was established with
the goal of making buildings net
zero and energy efficient, which is
fundamental to our ethos. Our focus
is not just environmental, however,
as we always balance efficiency with
commercial benefit: we aim to achieve
the maximum environmental gain at
the lowest possible cost: our designs
can come in at half of the cost of
similarones.
Operating primarily in the East
Midlands, with a satellite office outside
Edinburgh and a select number of
projects in London, we monitor the UN
climate change goals and work towards
them even before they become UK
policy, providing solutions for our
clients that are ahead of the curve and
future-proof for the longterm.
A forensic approach
Key to our success is taking the time
at the beginning of a project to deeply
understand the specific requirements
of each building. While this might
sound simplistic, it is essential if we
are to fulfil our clients’ aspirations
and find optimal net zero solutions.
We are then able to understand these
aspirations and guide each client in a
particular direction.
Once we know the facts, whether in
terms of efficiency or the amount of
heat lost, we can offer net zero or nearly
zero energy solutions to theclient.
Nearly zero-energy
offices
We always
balance
efficiency with
commercial
benefit
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This is perhaps best illustrated by
example. We worked as the design
engineers for the new headquarters for
Newark and Sherwood District Council.
At the outset of the project, we asked
the council to increase the height of
each floor and once we had completed
our analysis, we were able to fully
ventilate the building naturally and
save around £1 million, which would
have been spent on artificial cooling.
By focusing on the first stage in great
detail, we were able to make the rest
of the process much easier.
Tackling misinformation
One of the main issues we encounter
regularly is misinformation
surrounding energy efficiency,
nearly zero energy and net zero
buildings. Often, when we engage
with clients, we have to correct a
number of preconceptions and there
is a general lack of understanding
around what is required in order to
deliver energy-efficient buildings. This
is not limited to a design perspective
but also encompasses the majority
of the processes and is often most
concentrated around the installation
industries. Many businesses have
become accustomed to installing two
or three times as much equipment as
is actually necessary.
It is essential that clients are
presented with what is necessary and
appropriate. These efficiency savings
can prove vital when considering the
wider financial viabilities or projects. If
a proposed development is limited by
a fixed budget, these efficiency savings
can be the difference between the
development coming to fruition and it
remaining uncompleted.
Bringing in the next
generation
As we look ahead, we are really
excited about the next few years.
Weare targeting sustainable growth,
building on the progress we have
already made. As a practice, we have
been very selective when deciding
which projects to take on and how
we have developed our team. We
want to be seen as technical and
commercial experts within our industry
and, going ahead, we are aiming to
grow this reputation further in the
regions in which we operate while
also breaking into the London market
and expanding into other larger
Scottishcities.
To help achieve this, we have partnered
with the University of Nottingham to
aid the development of our team. We
attended their careers fair and now
bring in second-year interns and those
needing placements, developing these
graduates into full-time positions.
We have also engaged with Glasgow
Caledonian University and are looking
at ways to partner with them.
In our current climate, with both
environmental and commercial
concerns very high on our clients’
list of priorities, we are excited to
be developing our energy-efficient
designs, processes and team to provide
meaningful solutions.
Both
environmental
and
commercial
concerns are
very high on
our clients’ list
of priorities
Viridis take the time to
thoroughly understand
projects from inception

www.viridisbsl.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Viridis Building Services. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development