Our approach is initially to assess the entire site, landside and airside, to understand its capacity, operational practices, building layout, energy-consuming assets, tenant requirements and much more. From this assessment, we set out the ‘art of the possible’ in terms of sustainability – including efficiency measures, operational changes and capital investments.
Immediate improvements to increase energy efficiency might include installing LED lighting, automating building management systems, aligning HVAC controls with times of peak occupancy, and ensuring unoccupied parts of the building are not unnecessarily heated, cooled or illuminated.
Providing electric vehicle charge points in long stay and short stay airport car parks could be a possibility to encourage the growing number of EV drivers and support their arrival and stay needs.
Installing renewable energy technology may be another recommendation, often combined with on-site battery storage to provide essential resilience. By combining solar PV panels with battery storage capacity, airports can be assured of uninterrupted power supplies (UPS), whatever the weather.