Consideration to sustainability principles in the building industry is vital for the natural environment and human beings. Here at Lawler Sustainability, our sustainability experts have the experience and skillset to transform your organisation to become a more sustainable, energy-efficient, healthier and happier place for staff and customers, all the while increasing your annual energy savings and reducing carbon emissions.
CSR and Sustainability Roadmaps
Our engineers can develop a sustainability strategy to improve your company Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) efforts. This will help to define goals that align with your company ethos.
To refine the overall strategy further we can develop the GHG emissions associated with the companies activities and begin the carbon mapping process. The resulting project identifies a clear road map for reducing carbon emissions and improving the sustainability of the company. Lawler Sustainability have helped countless business with their CSR initiatives and have even devised Carbon Roadmaps for these businesses to follow, in order to achieve their goals. We have devised Carbon Roadmaps for clients such as Croke Park and Brown Thomas. For many of our clients, it is important to translate the energy opportunities into a planned roadmap with internal capital budgets or external finance set aside and to provide certainty in delivering energy and environmental milestones within the business.
Sustainability Rating Systems
The increasing demand for sustainability, in relation to products and processes, is leading to rapid changes in policies, laws, and regulations around the world, to encourage more sustainable projects. Consideration for sustainability principles in the building industry is vital for natural environment and human beings. Rating systems assess the environmental impacts of buildings, constructions, infrastructure, urban-scale project, and community projects. The rating systems designed to assist projects to be more sustainable by providing frameworks with a set of criteria that cover several aspects of a project’s environmental impact.
Our sustainability team has experience in LEED, BREAM, WELL and Edge rating systems
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognised green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in areas such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Having your building LEED rated demonstrates a company’s desire having an energy efficient and environmentally friendly building. LEED certified buildings often provide healthier work and living environments, which contributes to higher productivity and improved employee health and comfort. Lawler Sustainability have a number of LEED Accredited Professionals in house who can help your building introduce new features and procedures to improve the overall sustainability of the building through energy generation, creating a quality indoor environment and in the case of new builds, select an area where there is convenient access to public transport.
Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM)
Many clients want to protect their building asset and do so by embarking on a formal sustainability or health and well-being rating system. This can attract higher rent yields, market demand and ultimately add more value than non-related equivalents. Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building’s environmental performance. A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. They include aspects related to management processes, health and well-being, energy, transport, water, waste, land use and ecology and pollution. There are five possible ratings which can be achieved: pass, good, very good, excellent and outstanding.
WELL Building Standard
WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing. It is managed by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and third-party certified by GBCI. Comprehensive and interdisciplinary approaches are necessary to meaningfully address complex issues related to human health and well-being. Many factors of the physical environment have a significant impact on day-to-day health, happiness and productivity. A growing body of research supports these claims but much more needs be done to translate research into practice. IWBI’s standards marry best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research—harnessing buildings and communities as vehicles to support human health and well-being. As WELL Accredited Professionals (WELL AP™), we now among an exclusive group of leaders advancing health and well-being in buildings and communities globally, and applying the WELL Building Standard™. The credential signifies extensive knowledge of human health and wellness in the built environment, and the WELL Building Standard™. At Lawler Sustainability we are committed to creating healthy indoor spaces for comfort and satisfaction, while maximising productivity and energy saving opportunities.
Edge (Excellence in design for greater efficiencies)
Edge is an internationally recognised green building certification system, which certifies buildings which achieve a minimum of a 20% reduction in energy and water usage and embodied energy of the building materials used compared to a traditional construction. EDGE offers market leaders the opportunity to gain competitive advantage by differentiating their products and adding value to their customers. EDGE next generation green building certification is now appearing in more than 170 countries worldwide. Edge certification comes with a complimentary user-friendly software with localised costs and climate data for site-specific results.
Compared to BREEAM and LEED, Edge is designed based on scalability and can easily be used to assess large quantities of homes and businesses. Lawler Sustainability’s EDGE experts can help design and build greener developments by advising and informing from the design stage of a build right through the construction stage to completion and certification.
Grants & Schemes To Assist Finance Projects
Excellence in Energy Efficiency Design (EXEED).
EXEED is an exciting new programme which is incentivising, facilitating and rewarding energy efficient business for doing what’s right by their environment and community. This programme allows businesses to establish a systematic approach to energy efficient design, construction and commissioning process for new building ventures or updates to existing buildings. The programme was set up to influence the next generation of building service engineers and how they model/build these buildings in the hope of developing more sustainable and future-proof buildings. Lawler Sustainability are helping business in all sectors, on any scale, to become EXEED certified.
This would mean not only is your building recognised as an energy efficient one but energy bills will be dramatically reduced and energy performance increases. For more information on the EXEED Certified Programme, click here.
Better Energy Communities (BEC).
Better Energy is Ireland’s national retrofit initiative aimed at upgrading building stock and facilities to high standards of energy efficiency and renewable energy usage, thereby reducing fossil fuel usage, energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Our team, at Lawler Sustainability, have years of experience in applying for and obtaining funding through this SEAI grant scheme. The BEC programme supports new approaches to achieving high quality improvements in energy efficiency within Irish communities. By bringing together groups of buildings under the same retrofit programme, BEC projects facilitate community-wide energy improvements more efficiently and cost effectively than might otherwise be possible. The programme focuses on improving the energy efficiency of Ireland’s building stock and supporting the use of renewable energy through:
- Delivering a cost-effective approach to boosting the energy efficiency of low income houses in mixed ownership estates
- Demonstrating sustainable financing mechanisms to fund retrofits and harness project savings
- Creating innovative partnership approaches that facilitate community access to existing local resources, thereby boosting and sustaining the impact of BEC support
- Stimulating employment through sustainable energy upgrading projects
- Supporting small scale renewable energy projects
- Domestic Deep retrofit upgrade
ACA – Accelerated Capital Allowances
The Accelerated Capital Allowance (ACA) is a tax incentive scheme that promotes investment in energy efficient products & equipment. The ACA is based on the long-standing ‘Wear and Tear Allowance’ for investment in capital plant and machinery, whereby capital depreciation can be compensated through a reduction in an organisation’s tax liability. The ACA scheme allows a sole trader, farmer or company that pays corporation tax in Ireland to deduct the full cost of the equipment from their profits in the year of purchase. As a result, the reduction in tax paid by the organisation in that year is currently 12.5% of the value of capital expenditure.
By contrast, the Wear and Tear Allowance provides the same tax reduction, but this is spread evenly over an eight-year period. d. Energy Credits. Under the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme, energy suppliers must support energy efficiency projects in businesses and homes across Ireland. Energy credits are available from utility energy suppliers for every kWh of energy saved. Companies who sell large amounts of energy are known as obligated parties and they have targets under the scheme. Obligated parties offer supports to make your home or business more energy efficient. For every unit of energy saved through these projects, they achieve energy credits towards their targets. This will help Ireland to reach national and European energy saving targets.
Staff Awareness & Energy Education
To complement our range of energy initiatives we offer staff awareness programmes.
Pictured you will see our very own Energy Engineer, Shane Bradley, helping a group of employees to change their energy habits. Behavioural change is the most important feature of many of our energy reductions programmes. These programmes can reduce your energy bills by up to 20% with minimal investment. They focus on making staff aware of energy usage and help them identify savings in the workplace. We implement a simple 4 point plan required for an effective staff awareness programme. ·
- Plan – Plan the energy awareness campaign
- Do – Carry out the campaign
- Check – Check to see the results
- Act – Take actions based on the results to reduce energy further.
This is a continuous cycle which will drive down energy usage within a business and save money. To make a staff awareness programme successful management need to fully embrace it’s potential. A small group or single member of staff is given the responsibility of implementing the program and reporting back the savings. Lawler Sustainability can guide you through the process and set up customised staff awareness programmes to suit your individual needs. Remember saving energy saves you money!