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True sustainability lies in meeting the 'triple bottom line' of environmental, social and economic considerations; we help clients meet these aims without incurring higher capital costs.

Our approach to sustainable design spans from macro scale, through the creation of sustainable urban environments, to micro scale, through the specification of individual building systems and components.

Our designers, ecologists, sustainability specialists and engineers create environments which are demonstrably sustainable; through resource consumption, ecological impact and contribution to the local, economic and cultural landscape.

We have proven experience in the delivery of sustainable developments including the first BREEAM Outstanding office in the UK, 7 More London; the lowest energy primary school in Ireland, Gaelscoil An Eiscir Riada and Nanjing Eco-housing in China which challenges the UK zero carbon homes standards.

Research & Development

Our research and development  uses the skills of our sustainability team together with other experts around the practice who work with partners from academia, industry and the third sector. One example is our work in developing, with industry partners, a bio-productive climatic façade with The Biospheric Project.

This biospheric façade is in a disused Salford mill where two ingenious indoor aquaponics systems use nitrate-rich water from fishtanks to fertilise salad and herb crops, before reusing the water in the tanks. One of the systems pumps water from tanks on the first floor to grow leaf crops in rooftop polytunnels. The second is a test bioproductive climatic façade system – a ‘greenius wall’ - designed to maximise bio-productivity by using dormant space on the sides of buildings.

Sustainable Consultancy

Through our specialist sustainability team we offer a wide range of consultancy, assessment and design services. Depending upon the commission we also use the skills of our architects, engineers, planners and designers to offer comprehensive, sustainability led, turnkey services to our clients.

Our sustainability team works across the entire built environment spectrum including initial strategy and planning, the design and delivery of sustainable buildings and the assessment and certification of sustainable developments. Recent specialist commissions have included the development of a toolkit to help the Heathrow Airport Group set its level of environmental ambition for the 2014-2019 Construction Implementation Plan at Heathrow, the delivery of the BREEAM Outstanding assessment for 7 More London and the development of a 25 year sustainable energy masterplan for Manchester City Football Club’s emerging estate in east Manchester.

The services we offer are summarised under the broad headings of sustainable consultancy, sustainable assessments and sustainable design:


  • Research and development for sustainable technologies and strategies
  • Production of sustainable design guides
  • Corporate strategy advice
  • Energy auditing
  • Sustainability leadership and coordination
  • Public consultation
  • Preparation of input into planning submissions and EIA chapters
  • Policy writing and audit

Sustainable design

  • Passivhaus design
  • Sustainable infrastructure design
  • Sustainable building design (passive and active using advanced thermal modelling)
  • Sustainable systems and technologies’design and specification

Assessment services

  • BREEAM assessment services (including BREEAM AP)
  • LEED assessment services (including LEED AP)
  • CEEQUAL assessment services
  • Estidama assessment services
  • Ecological surveys
  • Part L energy assessments
  • Energy performance certificate assessments
  • LEED PRM modelling and assessments
  • Code for Sustainable Homes
  • Post occupancy evaluation

Read more about our offer:

Research & Innovation by BDP
Environmental Assessment Services
Strategic Consultancy

Sustainability Roadmap - Our Journey

Environmental Management Reports

A fundamental feature of BDP’s professional services offer is the delivery of sustainable design to facilitate good environmental performance by our clients. This commitment to environmental performance is also integral to our everyday practice within our design studios.  Our yearly Environmental Report summarises the performance of our studios during the year against our targets.

Environmental Management Report 2018-2019

Environmental Management Report 2017-2018

Environmental Management Report 2016

Environmental Management Report 2015

Environmental Management Report 2014

Environmental Management Report 2013

Building regulations Part L

Building Regulations Part L2 seeks to address the energy performance of non-domestic buildings to achieve a more energy efficient design, raising the industry standards. It is the driver for achieving zero-carbon developments and is an improvement on 2010 regulations. The baseline Target Emission Rate must be improved upon by the Building Emission Rate to gain Building Control approval.

Building Regulations Part L2

BREEAM New Construction 2014

BREEAM New Construction 2014 is the new environmental assessment method for buildings in the UK, providing a sustainability rating, and is in response to a revision of the Part L Building Regulations. A building assessed under the 2014 scheme would score 5-8% fewer than the 2011 scheme showing it continues to keep up to date and push the boundaries of industry best practice.

BREEAM New Construction 2014

BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out 2014

BREEAM is the most widely used environmental assessment method in the UK, aiming to mitigate the environmental life cycle impacts of buildings in a cost-effective manner. The Refurbishment and Fit Out criteria are split into four sections (Fabric & Structure, Core Services, Local Services and Interior Design) and only those sections that are relevant to the development should be considered.

BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit Out 2014


The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is mandatory legislation for large organisations to reduce energy consumption by 2020. Organisations of more than 250 employees or with a turnover of €50m or more and a balance sheet exceeding €43m qualify for the scheme. There are a number of ways to show compliance: energy audits, ISO 50001 certification, DECs and Green Deal Assessments.


Enterprise South Liverpool Academy

Steve Merridew talks about sustainability at Enterprise South Liverpool Academy, BDP's Building of the year 2013. Hear what users have to say about their fantastic new building.

Sustainability Projects

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