Cundall adds to Scottish team as demand for sustainability services ‘skyrockets’

Sophie Simpson

MULTI-disciplinary engineering consultancy Cundall has claimed that demand for sustainability services in Scotland has ‘skyrocketed’.

Demand for services including ESG strategy, net zero carbon design, and building performance measurement, is said to be three times higher than it was just a year ago.

As a result, seven new sustainability experts have recently joined Cundall’s Scottish practice.

Led by principal engineer Sophie Simpson, the Edinburgh-based team specialises in building physics, certification and compliance, energy modelling and health and wellbeing, as well as ESG strategy and governance and net zero carbon design.

Sophie said, “The UN has acknowledged Scotland’s ‘inspiring level of ambition’ with its world-leading legislation to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. These are legally binding targets, which means that despite the pandemic, we’ve seen demand for sustainability services skyrocket in the last year.

“Clients are increasingly asking for support to establish and realise net zero carbon aspirations, and it’s really exciting to see whole life carbon calculations and detailed energy modelling, above and beyond the requirements of ‘compliance’, become the norm on many of our projects.

“Further to this, there is increasing demand to better understand the influence of the built environment on our health and wellbeing, as the pandemic has emphasised the positive benefits associated with better air quality, access to green spaces and promotion of active travel.”

The new members of the Edinburgh sustainability team include principal engineer David Brown; senior engineers Jordan Todd and Bernie Middleton; engineer Alejandro Gomez Beltran; health and wellbeing consultant Lucia Savastano; whole life carbon consultant Stuart McHendry; and graduate engineer Jennifer Williamson.