Our energy balance model, EBM has been tried and
tested on major urban development projects including Tianjin
Eco-City in China. The city for 350,000 will act as an exemplar of
sustainable construction and livingMott MacDonald has
developed a unique methodology called INDUS that integrates
sustainability into the design process alongside ‘traditional’
technical, financial, statutory planning, safety and regulatory
decision making criteria. INDUS has been successfully demonstrated
on major projects in the Middle East, China and the UK.
INDUS assists our customers in bridging the gap that can exist
between their aspirations and the performance of their projects.
- We set objectives for each project taking account of economic,
social and environmental sustainability over its whole life. The
importance of each objective is weighted at the outset
- This provides a reference framework and scoring system for
decision making. As many or as few criteria as necessary can be
established to gauge and guide performance
- Key stages are identified over the course of project
development at which major decisions are to be taken and
- Definition and weighting of objectives is achieved through
consensus with our customers and project stakeholders
- Deciding to pursue sustainability at any stage of project
development can improve performance. But we encourage our customers
to set objectives at the outset to achieve the maximum possible
INDUS is supported by our unique portfolio of tools, which we
customise to suit the individual needs and objectives of each
project and the different stages of project development. These
tools enable rigorous comparison of design options and help our
designers to challenge assumptions.
They examine and score whole-life performance as well as initial
costs and impacts, enabling a long-term view of sustainability to
be taken and highlighting potential cost, environmental or social
benefits. Decision making tools also assist with the selection of
materials and methods of construction.
Whole-life cost and carbon calculator
LifeCYCLE, our industry-first cost and carbon modelling tool,
quantifies initial construction costs and embodied carbon by
looking at all elements making up a building or piece of
infra-structure. It also calculates the cost and carbon associated
with every operation and maintenance activity over the asset’s
working life, enabling customers to make strategic decisions based
on ‘cradle to grave’ financial and environmental performance.
Carbon cost books
We’ve produced the first ever price book to contain values for the
CO2 arising from different construction materials and activities –
the annual Hutchins UK Major Works Building Black Book.
Mott MacDonald's innovative subscription-based, online estimating
solution, CapIT, gives our customers and designers easy access to
up-to-the-minute cost and carbon information, allowing for quick
and accurate estimating.
Underground thermal energy storage
We‘ve developed a methodology using TRNSYS thermal energy
simulation software for analysing the performance of a building and
its heating and cooling systems. This includes underground thermal
energy storage, enabling it to be incorporated in new build and
refurbishment projects as part of the energy strategy.
Energy balance model
Our energy balance model, EBM, enables us to define and cost the
renewable energy generating needs of cities and large developments.
EBM is the only commercially available tool of its kind. It models
the lifecycle cost of the whole development, the equipment required
and the optimum locations for different technologies across the
site. The system has been tried and tested on urban development
projects including Tianjin Eco-City.