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2009 News and Updates

RSP Reduce Carbon Footprint - December 2009

Through participation in the 2009 CIBSE 100hrs of carbon clean up campaign RSP have succeeded in reducing their carbon emissions by 6% over the same period last year.

This was achieved through raising staff awareness of switching PC’s off in the evening and when leaving the office for extended periods, using natural daylight whenever possible to reduce the need for artificial lighting and limiting temperature settings on the office heat pump system.

The result was a 4% reduction in electricity use and a 16% reduction in gas use compared with the same period last year. The total carbon dioxide emissions were reduced from 16.3 tonnes to 15.3 tonnes giving a reduction of 1 tonne of CO2.


RSP will continue to work towards reducing our carbon emissions and overall environmental impact in 2010.

Roses Design Awards - November 2009

RSP are delighted to be associated with the design of two projects which have been awarded bronze medals at the 2009 Roses Design Awards in the category “Re-use of a Listed Building Category.”

The Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, Edinburgh for Apex Hotels Ltd was the conversion of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Housing department offices into a 120 bed 4 star hotel.

St Paul's and St George's Church, on York Place in Edinburgh has been upgraded to provide a multi use building for the parishioners. The Church was also recognised, earlier this year, by The Edinburgh Architectural Society where it won the Building of the Year Award.

Scottish Green Awards 2009 Finalist - October 2009

At the recent 2009 Scottish Green Awards Girvan Community Hospital won through to the top three in the Best Green Hospital category. The ceremony was held in 1st of October 2009 at the Glasgow Science Centre.  The winner of the category was St Johns Hospital, NHS Lothian.

BREEAM Accredited Professional - October 2009

Carol Thain of RSP has recently achieved the Accredited Professional (AP) qualification demonstrating specialist skills in sustainability and environmental design combined with a high level of competence in the BREEAM Assessment process. 


Utilising a BREEAM AP from the very outset of a project can qualify for 2 Innovation credits under all BREEAM 2008 schemes.  

RSP win BCO Award - July 2009

RSP were part of the winning design team at the recent British Council for Offices 2009 awards for the Scottish region.  The award for Best Commercial Workplace went to the new office development EHQ, 2 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh for Premier Property Group.  RSP were the Building Services Consultants on this project.


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Edinburgh Basketball Club Awards - June 2009

RSP sponsored 2 prizes at the recent Edinburgh Basketball Club awards evening. These were the Ladies player of the year which was awarded to Rebecca Allison and the men’s player of the year which was awarded to Simon Flockhart. 

The awards night was held at the Quay in Musselburgh and incorporated a very successful race night. 
Stewart Gillies from Edinburgh Basketball Club said ‘amateur clubs like ours are hugely dependant on financial support from wherever we can find it. We are very appreciative that even in the current business climate, RSP were willing to support us again this year.’

Edinburgh Architectural Association Award May 2009

St Pauls and St Georges Church

RSP carried out the building services design on the St Pauls and St Georges Church which recently won the EAA Award for Building of the Year 2009.

Energy Assessors - April 2009

RSP are pleased to announce the expansion of their Energy Assessor team with 3 new accredited individuals.  Gary Crosbie, Brian Rodger and Ian Rogers are the latest additions to the team.  RSP now have a total of 7 accredited Energy Assessors to produce EPC's (Energy Performance Certificates) for existing buildings in Scotland.  We hope to expand this soon with Energy Assessors for EPC's in England and Wales.

An EPC provides information on a buildings as designed energy use.  It provides a rating for each building from A, very energy efficient to G, very energy inefficient.  Since the 4th January 2009 EPC's have been required on the construction, sale or rental of any building in Scotland.  Large public buildings also require an EPC which must be displayed to the public. There is similar legislation in place in England and Wales.

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