Working in the Middle East region, where conditions can be extreme and power availability constrained, has enabled WME to develop particular expertise in low energy engineering design for hot climates — expertise highly relevant to low energy construction generally.
How a building reacts to internal and external conditions and how it is controlled in use are fundamental components to achieving a low energy outcome. Client aspirations, structural engineering and building services design all play a part. The earlier in a project programme that a low energy approach is adopted, the greater the possibility for extra advantages through efficient integration of structural and building services systems.
Increasingly, low energy measures are becoming standard through government regulation and building codes — in the Middle East and around the world. Many of our clients want to go further, for altruistic reasons but also for financial reasons: a small investment can lead to big savings. WME supports this approach, incorporating best practice measures into our standard services. They result in optimised buildings that are more efficient to run.