Sweco Furthers Sustainability Commitment With New Partnership Role


Sweco Furthers Sustainability Commitment With New Partnership Role

8 October 2019
Engineering and design consultancy Sweco has joined the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP)’s Design for Performance (DfP) scheme as a Pioneer Delivery Partner, as part of its ongoing commitment to improving sustainability in the built environment.

The DfP scheme aims to support the construction of more energy efficient commercial office buildings by providing guidance that helps developers fully meet sustainability measures detailed in their designs. This includes compiling a rating scheme, delivering industry training and upskilling, and setting performance targets in real-life projects.

As part of the commitment, Sweco will adopt the DfP’s principles in our own design work. This will include encouraging our clients to establish energy performance targets in their brief, using computer modelling solutions to assess whether designs can meet their efficiency aims and ensuring that property owners can access data to evaluate their buildings’ performance.

Sweco will also work to communicate the DfP and its potential benefits to clients and contribute our resources from the expertise of our employees to developing the DfP’s tools and technical guidance.

Geoffrey Palmer, Sweco UK’s director of buildings, said: “Driving sustainability is one of our core principles and improving the energy-efficiency of commercial developments has a major part to play in building a cleaner, greener future.

“We’re proud to be working with the Better Buildings Partnership and our fellow delivery partners to help ensure that commercial developments deliver on their sustainability potential.”

Chris Botten, programme manager, Better Buildings Partnership, said: “The Design for Performance Initiative provides a tangible and practical market-based response to the performance gap - providing the necessary metrics, transparency and accountability to deliver buildings that perform against their design intent.

“We’re delighted that Sweco has committed to support the initiative by joining the other Delivery Partners in providing technical input to the project.”

The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) is a not for profit collaboration of the UK’s leading property owners who are working together to improve the sustainability of the UK’s existing commercial buildings. The organisation's aim is to deliver market transformation through sustainability leadership and knowledge sharing across the UK property industry.