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Building Performance Consultancy (51–300 employees)

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Consultancy of the Year – 51-300 employees
Recognising the consultancy that has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the delivery of buildings that have high levels of measured building performance and user satisfaction throughout their operating life.

Winner: Carbon Intelligence

London-based Carbon Intelligence was described by the BPA judges as being ‘ahead of its time in its service to clients’.
 
In winning a closely fought category, the sustainability consulting and data company impressed with its specialist building performance knowledge – in particular, its expertise in the net zero carbon buildings agenda, and occupant and client satisfaction.
 
Carbon Intelligence provides advanced smart data solutions for monitoring building performance, and works with businesses as a trusted partner and adviser, placing its team within the client team to deliver their expert services.  
 
Its ADAPT platform collates, verifies and analyses data, using machine-learning to create performance benchmarks and highlight and even diagnose problems, alerting site teams and engineers to appropriate actions.
 
Carbon Intelligence works with clients to monitor and manage energy usage, air quality and a range of agreed performance indicators across their portfolios, giving them the insights they need to develop their sustainability strategy across their business.
 
During the COVID-19 lockdowns this approach has helped several clients reduce their energy consumption by over 70%. This is well in excess of the average reduction of 16% and shows the responsiveness of the platform and approach. It has also resulted in significant cost and carbon savings and it is now being applied to support clients to develop safe and successful reopening of workplaces.
 
Carbon Intelligence incorporates its optimisation services into wider net-zero strategies, addressing both energy performance and carbon reduction. This holistic approach to building performance includes tenant engagement programmes, and the company believes it pushes clients to stretch their ambition and deliver greater impact.
 
Carbon Intelligence has worked with the UK-GBC and others to develop technical guides and are active participants in working groups looking at how to advance net zero buildings and developing energy performance targets for net-zero carbon offices. The judges were particularly impressed by the willingness to share data to support wider industry improvement.
 
They recently published a white paper, Net Zero for Commercial Real Estate, setting out a working definition of net zero and how the industry needs to respond to achieve it.
 
Shortlist
AESG
Elementa Consulting
Environmental Design Studio - BDP
Max Fordham