James is a principal and leads engineering teams on projects across all sectors, working closely with the architects to design sustainable buildings.
James ensures that buildings works as ‘passively’ as possible, questioning; why plant and equipment is required before designing it in. James is an advocate of the Soft Landings process and enjoys collaborating with designers, contractors and end users to ensure sustainable and cost effective environmental design strategies are adopted.
What do you think is the current most challenging aspect of building design? Attempting to close the “performance gap”, working closely with clients to understand how they intend to use their buildings, modeling energy usage and ensuring the building design delivers a comfortable building that uses resources appropriately and is simple to operate and maintain.
BDP provided full engineering design for the Enterprise Centre for UEA in Norwich which has achieved BREEAM Outstanding with a score of 90.8%, and also Passivhaus standard.
James Hepburn leads engineering teams on projects across all sectors, working closely with the architects to design sustainable buildings. Here he showcases the BREEAM award winning Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia as an example of simple, sustainable design.