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FAQs

What areas of energy efficiency and management are you able to advise upon?
With backgrounds in architecture and engineering, our consultants are able to advise on a variety of energy saving measures, regulatory compliance, and renewable energy technology. Managing director John Simpson, who is a Chartered Engineer and full Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), oversees all work, and our company has a proven track record in providing high quality energy advisory services.

What type of energy assessments are you accredited to carry out?
Our consultants are fully accredited assessors for a variety of compulsory and non-compulsory standards, including:

  • BREEAM
  • SAP calculations
  • SBEM calculations
  • EPCs

Which geographical areas do you cover?
Based in Colchester, we cover a large part of the south east which includes Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and the Greater London area.

What is a Low Carbon Consultant?
Members of a specialist register within the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Low Carbon Consultants are professionals qualified to best reduce the energy use and carbon footprint of a building – by looking at its initial design, and/or its day-to-day operation. Their expertise ensures that the energy performance of both new and existing buildings will not just meet, but exceed, the demands of the Building Regulations Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power).

Can you advise us on retrofitting renewables to our building?
Yes – and as independent professionals, with no vested interest in a particular product or its installation, we can give you an unbiased evaluation of which renewable energy sources would represent the best option. Taking into account Government-backed tariffs which bring in a guaranteed income for 20-25 years, simply for installing renewables, we can provide you with an accurately projected idea of payback period and return on investment.

What is the benefit of having an energy survey done on our existing premises?
By evaluating the current energy performance of your building – including systems, plant, maintenance and occupant behaviour – we can draw up a list of recommendations that will reduce consumption and increase efficiency. This cost-cutting exercise can typically save between 15 and 20% on your energy bills, without a significant financial outlay or a negative impact on comfort levels.

How much does an energy survey cost?
This will depend on a variety of factors, but we are very affordable compared to many other energy consultants because of the way we work, and it’s highly likely that our fee will be offset by the savings you will make. Please call us on 01206 266755 for an informal chat about your needs and how we can meet them. Alternatively, why not email us?

Do you work with architects?

Because of our specialist background, we understand the specific requirements of architects. We have significant experience of working in an outsourced capacity on a variety of projects, both new build and refurb, and our consultants are practised in the crucial art of teamwork. We can offer an integrated solution – including our bespoke software which enables us to speedily model different solutions during consultations – which can help ensure that your pre and post planning stages run smoothly and to time as well as budget, and support you in exceeding your customer’s expectations.

Do you work with developers?
With our architecture training and engineering knowledge, we are ideally placed to benefit developers with our specialist low energy buildings knowledge. Working on either a project or consultancy basis, we can help developers in both commercial and residential sectors to deliver cost-effective solutions to energy and building regulation compliance, as well as creating buildings which boast lower running and maintenance costs, while providing a comfortable and healthy environment for its occupants.

Do you work with other energy consultants?
We are the ideal choice for working with other energy professionals, since we’re in possession of a wide range of accreditations (including BREEAM, SAP, SBEM and EPCs). In these lean economic times, when manpower and budgets are stretched, many clients are looking for a one-stop-shop service. Based outside London, and structured around the demands of project work, we can offer an efficient and cost-effective way of helping partner companies to expand their remit.

At what stage of our project should we get AJ involved?
We can be asked to contribute at any point in the project timeline – but we would suggest that the earlier we are brought in, the more useful we can be when it comes to meeting targets and keeping both the client and the planning authority happy. It’s also worth bearing in mind that it’s when carbon-footprint-lowering measures, such as renewables, aren’t specified from the outset that costs begin to rise unnecessarily. It’s more efficient, and cost-effective, to work in a collaborative way with specialists – such as ourselves – right from the start.

We’re not exactly sure what we need for compliance under the energy legislation, are you able to advise on this?
Yes of course, we’re more than happy to walk our clients through the legislation which applies to their particular situation, and advise on the action that must be taken in order to satisfy its requirements. The easiest thing is to give us a call on 01206 266755 to discuss in more detail – we can then work with you to define the required scope, whilst explaining the processes and timescales involved, and provide you with competitive quotation for the works.