Green master planning is an essential aspect of sustainable development. In particular, any major development requires an understanding of how to keep carbon dioxide emissions as low as possible.
A study needs to be made of daylight sources, solar orientation, wind profiles and water resources, as well as the location of public utilities, in order to make an informed decision on available energy options, the cost of connection to existing utilities and the potential for reducing annual energy bills through the use of renewable technologies.
LEED for Neighbourhood Development (LEED-ND), is a US based rating system that integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into a national system for neighbourhood design. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development’s location and design meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development.
LEED-ND applies to new land development projects or redevelopment projects containing residential uses, non-residential uses, or a mix. Projects can be at any stage of the development process, from conceptual planning to construction.
BREEAM, or the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology, is managed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in the UK. Historically, BREEAM has been the preferred assessment method in the UK but is also being used more and more at international level. BREEAM Communities focusses on the masterplanning of whole communities. It is aimed at helping construction industry professionals to design places that people want to live and work in, are good for the environment and are economically successful.
Prodesign has some of the most extensive LEED BD+C, LEED-ND and BREEAM Communities project qualifications in Mauritius, and is the only local firm to focus on full-service LEED for Neighbourhood Development and sustainability implementation in large scale mixed use projects and smart cities.
Prodesign’s deep understanding of LEED-ND and its many applications comes from two main types of experience; developing and refining the rating system in the Mauritian context, and helping projects implement it.
Prodesign has considerable experience in utilities planning, climate and context, zero carbon dioxide emissions, zero waste, water, local and sustainable materials, smart lighting and energy, and district heating and cooling. This is invaluable in large-scale development and urban planning, particularly for new smart cities.
Based on climatic conditions, every sustainable design project needs to be integrated with biodiversity features, the local eco-system and the neighbourhood layout. We are able to exploit the opportunities presented by the topography and natural settings of new cities and advise on the positioning of buildings to regulate temperature, humidity, light, wind and noise. With extensive experience in sustainable design, our LEED consultants can bring valuable insight to urban planners in the development of cities which does not affect the eco-system and the micro-climate.
Our electrical engineers can advise on local power stations from renewable energy sources including solar PV, solar thermal, wind on-and-off-shore, biomass, geothermal power, mini-hydro energy and other new technologies.
Waste prevention is considerably better than the treating or cleaning-up waste after it is formed. This means cities should adopt zero-waste urban planning in terms of the manufacturing of metal, glass, plastics and paper recycling. A better understanding of nutrient flows is needed to control the global nitrogen cycle. Our environmental engineers’ extensive knowledge and experience in waste management and control consultancy can help developers set up cities which produce no net waste, with all of it being recycled or re-used.
Towns and cities can be used as a water catchment area. This involves educating inhabitants in water efficiency, promoting rainwater collection and using waste water recycling and storm-water harvesting techniques.
We can advise on the selection of construction materials which can be sourced regionally, especially those with less embodied energy and higher environmental ratings. We can also advise on using indigenous plants in the construction supply chain cycle.
Green master-planning enhances the design of green buildings and, as MEP and green buildings designers, we share our skills with urban planners on design strategies which make the most of passive design principles.
We advise planners on integrating intelligent and energy efficient lighting systems through the adoption of LED lighting, smart controllers, embedded intelligence in light fittings and using IT to control lighting in public areas.
From smart grid projects to self-sufficient clusters, we can assist in achieving greater energy efficiency and the greater adoption of renewable energy systems both at macro and micro levels. In planning green and smart cities, we can also provide smart metering strategies as part of our services.
We have worked on the Deep Ocean Water Application (DOWA) project with Sotravic Ltee and the Swiss company, CGC Energie, by assessing the feasibility of sea-water air-conditioning (SWAC) and district cooling systems in Port Louis and Ebene Cybercity respectively.
Our roles included energy monitoring and cooling energy assessment of subscribing/prospective buildings as well as the feasibility study for the retro-fitting of a chilled water distribution network within an existing building in Port Louis, including simulation calculations on dynamic demand, cooling load, measurement of A/C electrical consumption, energy modelling, economic assessment of various pipe routing options and preparation of budgetary estimates.
This project has consolidated our firm’s 18 years’ experience in promoting the efficient and intelligent integration of sustainable building services in infrastructure and providing technical knowledge in the field of environmental sustainability.
Based on this experience, we can prepare feasibility studies and plan district cooling systems in SMART cities and large urban areas.