Low Carbon Technology Studies

Low and zero carbon generating technologies (LZCGT) are increasingly required to meet CO2 related legislation, and if designed correctly, they may also offer considerable financial savings. We can carry out feasibility studies to establish the optimum solution for developments with projected savings and paybacks identified.

Many local authorities across the UK are setting their own targets for reducing CO2 emissions associated with the built environment. For example, in March 2017 Glasgow City Council implemented the City Development Plan which stipulates that 20% of CO2 emissions in new domestic and non-domestic buildings are to be eliminated through the use of LZCGT.

Every building is influenced by its own unique factors such as its shape, operating hours, orientation and surrounding buildings, therefore a project specific feasibility study must be undertaken to establish the most suitable LZCGT solution.

We undertake feasibility studies using dynamic thermal modelling to establish suitable technologies. We can also include a life cycle cost analysis, considering capital, operational, maintenance costs over the life of the technology, factoring in any revenue potentially received for generating energy (Feed-in Tariff or Renewable Heat Incentive).

LZCGTs that we typically consider (but not limited to) are:

  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
  • Biomass
  • Solar Thermal
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP)
  • Water Source Heat Pumps (WSHP)
  • Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP)
  • Wind Turbines
  • Fuel Cells

We can also ensure that this study meets the requirements of BREEAM Ene 04 Low Carbon Design, which must be completed during Concept Design stage (RIBA Stage 2) to influence the building designs.

As designs develop we also carry out calculations to optimise your LZCGT, ensuring they are not under or oversized which can result in significant savings.


We are working closely with Carbon Futures on numerous important projects and their input and expertise has been invaluable in delivering affordable energy strategies for our residential developments. Carbon Futures are a professional and approachable company with a keen eye for optimising project specifications, saving our clients time and money. They have religiously stuck to tight project deadlines, whilst demonstrating a fantastic degree of flexibility and adaptability. Across the board, our clients are delighted with their input, and we are equally keen to build on our strong collaborative relationship.

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