BOOM Collective is a dynamic team of environmental design engineers and design consultants. Our interdisciplinary approach has been developed from an in depth understanding of all aspects of building design and a shared passion for delivering projects successfully and with integrity.
Our team includes mechanical, electrical, public health and controls engineers who are committed to providing responsive, intelligent and effective designs across multiple sectors.
BOOM produce briefs, aligned with Soft Landing principles, navigate planning, developing energy and sustainability strategies.
BOOM undertake design reviews and BREEAM assessments, fulﬁlling the role of Accredited Professionals.
BOOM develop environmental engineering designs, including mechanical, electrical and public health engineering.
BOOM procure MEP Services, ensuring cost effective solutions are achieved.
BOOM assist Trade Contractors in mobilising and achieving targets on site.
BOOM plan for Building Readiness and a Soft Landings handover.
BOOM undertake Quality Management reviews targeting Zero Defects on site.
BOOM provide support to clients in 'getting up and running'.
BOOM Audit the energy and satisfaction of occupants once the building is operational.
BOOM share our experiences and knowledge gained.
BOOM do whatever is required to get the job done.
BOOM Collective are:
Building Services Design Engineers
Charted Engineers: CIBSE, IET and Institute of Energy
CABE Built Environment expert (BEE)
BSRIA Soft Landings User Group Members
BREEAM New Construction and Bespoke Accredited Assessors
BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Accredited Assessors Code for Sustainable Homes Accredited Assessors
LEED Green Associate
CIBSE and BSRIA BIM Working Group Members
KNX Partner and Niagara AX certiﬁed
RIBA Affiliate Member
Underlying all of BOOM Collective’s work is inherent flexibility, attention to detail and consideration for our clients’ needs, identifying where value can be best delivered.
We add tangible value to all architectural building designs and urban master plan proposals by the integration of intelligent design solutions, drawn from a diverse pool of expertise. We make sure that the right skills are available at the right time for all our projects, and that they are delivered with passion and integrity.
We help to lead the industry through active participation in working groups such as Soft Landings and BIM, seeing a route to better practice and more intelligent design through smarter working. We spread our passion for truly integrated design through the industry by our educational work at the Centre for Alternative Technologies (CAT), University of Portsmouth and London Metropolitan University.
It is our aspiration to achieve a carbon positive future, working to bring together practice, industry, education and policy making towards this common aim. We want to see the built environment supporting the generation of more renewable energy and companies and thought leaders taking accountability and promoting the growth of regenerative design with our help.
We are a collective of industry leading specialists, bringing intelligent, real world solutions to our clients and delivering improved value through flexible and smarter working practices. This specialised structure means that we can allocate the best expertise to the project exactly when it is needed.
We thrive on the opportunities presented to us when working with other design professionals promoting the growth of regenerative design. This has led to the development of exemplar design solutions across numerous schemes.
Our interdisciplinary approach mean that we always face the opportunities and challenges of a project from the perspectives of our partners and peers within the consultant team. Through our wealth of expertise, we seek to introduce new technologies to our projects, bridging the gap between building design, implementation and use, and concentrating on the outcomes.
It is our shared aim to provide clients with the best value, whilst ensuring that team members feel a greater sense of connection and involvement with their work, delivering innovative, intelligent, exciting and high-performance solutions.
Building Information Modelling, abbreviated to BIM, has become a common turn of phrase within the UK construction industry. This is largely due to the adoption of BIM by central government, with a commitment to Level 2 BIM from April 2016; as outlined in the Government Construction Strategy, May 2011.
However, it is the reason why BIM was adopted that must remain the focus of the technology’s application;
to reduce the cost of construction by 33%. This does not focus solely on capital cost of construction as it is quite rightly extended to operational costs as well.
50% Faster Delivery from Inception to Operation.
50% Lower Emissions is greenhouse gas emissions.
The cost of design is proportional to the cost of construction, with the cost of operation being a magnitude higher, simplistically expressed as a 1:10:100 ratio. In the example of a £30m building, the design fees are expected to be around £3m and annual operation budgets may be £3m per year; and so, over a typical 60-year life span, this results in significantly higher operational costs.
During the design stage BIM enables the design team to test and validate the design, identifying energy performance, visualise spaces and demonstrate design intent. For a small proportion of the design fee spent on testing options, construction cost can be significantly impacted, but operational costs are far greater and have a much longer legacy. BIM is the design teams starting blocks for a journey that will run through the life of the building, with a constructor adopting the model for Assembly, (BAM). The Owner/Operator of the building is the party needing to see building performance in use; in the Building Owner Operator Model (BOOM). The golden thread of Soft Landings will travel through BIM, and BAM, manifesting in BOOM, where the Building Performance will be realised.
It is armed with this philosophy that has led BOOM Collective to recognise that our focus must be on achieving better performance in use, improving operational outcomes and a successful owner/operator solution to deliver on the promise of BIM, BAM, BOOM.
Consilient is an underutilised word. Its definition is “agreement between the approaches to a topic of different academic subjects, especially science and the humanities.” i.e. the linking together of principles from different disciplines, especially when forming a comprehensive theory.
The development of a building’s brief and how it unfolds as a design has many conflicting or contrary view points, often unknowingly. For example, an acoustician will wish to seal a space from any surrounding space to prevent noise, whilst a mechanical engineer will ask for openings and ventilation. Similarly, the lighting design will benefit from large windows and yet the energy calculations will suggest the windows should be small to minimise heat loss and heat gains. It is pragmatic balance of these views and experience of where best value lies that allows these conflicts to be resolved satisfactorily.
Within the early stages of the design, the brief needs to be developed to a point where the balance of the numerous specialists and professions is directing the project towards a harmonious and beneficial solution, not one based on the seemingly lesser of evils.
This Consilient Brief is the start of what is referred to in Soft Landings terms as the ‘Golden Thread’, running from the outset of a project through design and construction, right into building operation.
BOOM Collective provide the experience and advice to ensure the multiple professions working on the project end up working towards a common end, not a disjointed one.
BOOM Collective is founded on the principles of “New Professionalism” - We believe that we have a responsibility to build an industry culture of understanding, honesty and lasting value, in order to achieve intelligent design solutions and better buildings.
The Usable Building Trust, collaborating with “The Edge” (edgedebate.com), have written a paper (Dec 2012) on the new professionalism that is felt to be necessary to design and deliver sustainable, low energy buildings. This paper is a ‘call to arms’ across the built environment industry, identifying the pitfalls and building blocks for current built environment professionals and how the industry at large must change.
Within this paper, based on the experience and research undertaken by a multi-professional set of experts within this field, there is a statement on a code of conduct for the new professional, a Hippocratic Oath of the environmental engineering industry. The elements of this code are:
We are committed to adopting this code of practice on all projects and for all clients.