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Protecting One Planet: COP26 in Review

18 November, 2021

As COP26 comes to a close, the Elementa team considers what’s next. From the imminent energy crisis to the need to design buildings for tomorrow’s climate, what’s clear at every level is that rapid change must happen now. Brian Goldsmith, Regional Director, UK + Europe on the power of people… COP26 is over and the…

A Lifetime in the Industry with Robin James

11 November, 2021

Robin James, Associate at Elementa Consulting after joining in 2014, recently traded in his high vis for retirement after over 35 years in the industry. On his last day at the firm, Robin looks back over a career in engineering, spanning multiple countries and major industry milestones, before considering what the future might hold. So,…

Net Zero Carbon Toolkit

22 October, 2021

The Passivhaus Trust, Levitt Bernstein, Elementa Consulting and Etude collaborated to produce a Net Zero Toolkit for West Oxfordshire District Council, Cotswold District Council and Forest of Dean District Council. The Toolkit was funded through the Local Government Association (LGA) Housing Advisers Programme. Who is the Toolkit for? Pulling on latest guidance and best practice, the Net Zero Carbon…

LETI Launch Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide

21 October, 2021

A new guide has been published which aims to address the crucial issue of upgrading existing homes to meet net zero carbon targets. The Climate Emergency Retrofit Guide was launched by LETI on 21st October and follows the launch of its Climate Emergency Design Guide for new buildings last year. Our new Climate Emergency Retrofit…

Beyond Buildings Report Released by WorldGBC

20 October, 2021

Beyond Buildings, a report issued by the World Green Building Council, with direction and authorship from Elementa Consulting’s Global Lead of Life Cycle Research Louise Hamot and Director, Global Sustainability Richard Palmer, identifies opportunities for how an integrated approach to the whole built environment is essential to deliver change commensurate with the commitments of the…

Elementa Consulting Release Zero Carbon Operations Implementation Plan

20 September, 2021

Elementa Consulting, member of Integral Group, release Zero Carbon Operations (ZCO) Implementation Plan in line with the updated World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (The Commitment). In June 2018, Integral Group were a founding signatory of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings (NZCB) Commitment. In 2020, after three…

Making SAP fit for Net Zero: Report Released

06 August, 2021

A collaboration team including CIBSE, Elementa Consulting, Levitt Bernstein, WSP, UCL, Clarion Housing Group and Etude has published a report on the future of Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) and Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure (RdSAP). The work makes recommendations on improving SAP and RdSAP so they are fit for Net Zero. The report was commissioned…

Elementa Consulting Renew Global Just.℠ 2.0 Label

02 August, 2021

Elementa Consulting, member of Integral Group, announce global Just.℠ 2.0 label renewal with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The ILFI Just.℠ 2.0 label is a voluntary platform that serves as a transparency tool for organisations to publicly disclose operational performance in six categories covering: Diversity & Inclusion Equity Employee Health Employee Benefits Stewardship Purchasing &…

The Best of Higher Education Projects Down Under

15 July, 2021

Integral Group continues to set new sustainability standards in higher education projects and schools around the globe. From recent Carbon Neutral Infrastructure Analysis at the University of Michigan, to designing the UK’s first PassivHaus Plus Certified True Net Zero School, Hackbridge Primary. In Australia, higher education project excellence continues in the design of facilities achieving…

From Concrete Jungle to Natural Greenery: a Q+A with Cherry Chan

01 July, 2021

Cherry Chan, Mechanical Engineer at Elementa Consulting, talks about her life-changing move across the globe, the excitement of seeing a building come to life and overcoming her parents’ concerns around a career in engineering. When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in engineering and what inspired you to do so? I studied…

IG | VISION From Analysis to Reality: Bridging the Zero Carbon Procurement Gap Recording

24 June, 2021

Decarbonization is the future of the grid. But how do you turn a zero-carbon vision into a reality that is both optimized technically and financially as well? Join Sam Brooks and James Perakis as they discuss how to bridge the gap between design analysis, financial performance, and procurement. As a Design Analytics practice leader, James explains how his team designs and models…

Passive House Misconceptions, Busted!

23 June, 2021

Our team has heard every myth in the book when it comes to Passive House design, so Sustainability Consultant, Tom Hubbard in our Melbourne practice, compiled the top five most common Passive House misconceptions and busted them! MYTH: Passive House is only for residential buildings Despite the name, Integral Group have successfully realized Passive House…

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