Planning Consultancy

We are a leading independent energy and sustainability consultancy highly experienced in supporting the delivery of low-carbon, energy efficient developments across a variety of sectors of the construction industry.

We operate at the forefront of energy and sustainability design and hold a strong track record of delivering cost-effective, sustainable solutions for developments of varying size and complexity.

Whether a project is at early concept stage or progressing through planning, we have the experience of working closely with design teams to ensure proposals are suitably designed with energy efficiency in mind, delivering significant value to our clients from the outset.

From performing daylight analysis studies to producing energy statements in support of planning applications, we have the in-house expertise of supporting developments from concept through to construction and completion, ensuring our clients have a single point of reference for energy and sustainability matters throughout the lifecycle of the development.

Energy Statements are a common requirement by Local Planning Authorities across the UK. Statements produced by Carbon Futures can take many forms depending on the scale of development, but it will generally be prepared at pre-planning stage and accompany your planning application. They demonstrate how the developer will address specific local objectives, like CO2 emissions or renewable energy targets. We typically adopt the following ‘Lean, Mean, Green’ energy hierarchy to help us develop an efficient and economical strategy.

We initially focus on reducing energy demand through passive measures such as improvements to the thermal envelope, a natural ventilation philosophy where suitable and reducing building air leakage.

Consideration is then given to increasing the efficiency of building services such as boiler and chiller plant, reduced specific fan powers, incorporating daylight and occupancy sensing into the lighting system.

Only once the above measures have been considered, do we look at adding low and zero carbon generating technologies (except where mandatory for local planning requirements). During early stages, where designs are still flexible, more than one ‘Green’ technology may be viable. We can therefore carry out a more detailed feasibility study to establish the optimum solution based on energy, CO2 and financial benefits.

Our aim is to deliver significant value on all projects by adopting a flexible approach to producing sustainable, energy efficient designs that meet or even exceed the standards set by your local authority's Planning department.

An example of an Energy Statement produced by Carbon Futures can be accessed via the following LINK.


Collective Architecture are currently working with Carbon Futures on a number of large scale housing developments, having previously worked with the team on a variety of award winning projects.  Carbon Futures are an important part of the design team who successfully integrate sustainable energy strategies into our proposals.  They approach each new project collaboratively, with a strong interest in working with us to realise an holistic design approach. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

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