Reporting to Director(s) and Head of Sustainability, the Principal Building Physics Engineer (PBPE) will be responsible for the overall delivery of Building Physics projects, ensuring that a high standard of technical advice and general professional conduct is maintained at all times, and in accordance with Bryden Wood standards and procedures.

The role requires the PBPE to liaise with clients and colleagues and demonstrate management attributes including: ownership of relationships and projects; to be a strong team player and; a professional with a proven ability to think creatively, and act tactically and efficiently with successful delivery of design projects. You will develop a good awareness of the company’s culture and core values and lead by example.

The PBPE is also involved in the following:

  • Communications and networking
  • Administration and co-ordination of the team (some elements)
  • Financial accounting and reporting (some elements).

Main responsibilities

Leadership and management responsibilities

  • Maintaining communication with line manager and directors, keeping them informed of progress and seeking assistance where necessary to address project delivery and client issues
  • Support the Head of Sustainability in team management, client management and communication, fee proposals and resourcing
  • Participate in and run project workshops and seminars
  • Be able to manage and deliver full projects with minimum supervision
  • Maintain regular contact with existing clients and build on existing relationships
  • Represent Bryden Wood in design team meetings and client meetings
  • Contribute to group leadership
  • Support and mentoring of junior staff
  • Encourage awareness of, and ensure compliance with, company standards and procedures
    Technical responsibilities
  • Annual energy and carbon simulations, including Part-L, CIBSE TM-54 and NABERS – very important
  • Thermal modelling analysis, including PMV/PPD and CIBSE TM52/59
  • Passivhaus analysis
  • Peak solar, heating and cooling simulations to support MEP team to system sizing
  • Daylight simulations, including DF, UDI and SDI
  • Annual and peak solar gains simulations
  • Working with the group to produce, technical information, reports, presentations, graphics and digital models
  • Prepare documentation for planning applications (energy strategies)
  • Develop new tools, procedures and methodologies to assess environmental impacts and apply them to our projects
  • Conduct research into existing and new low energy and low carbon techniques and procurement and integrate the results into our projects
  • Keep up to date with developing trends, practices and legislation at global scale

Main requirements

Experience and skills:

  • A degree in engineering, built environment or a similar field
  • A master's degree or doctorate in Sustainability or Building Physics
  • An appropriate level of experience in the field of Building Physics
  • Good understanding of mechanical building services with background in building physics and passive design
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision and manage own work
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Personable, approachable and flexible
  • Able to supervise other people’s work
  • Strong analytic and communication skills
  • Strong IT skills and capability to develop new analytical tools

Technical/software skills:

  • Experience in energy modelling (IESVE, including Apache HVAC and SAP) – very important
  • Experience with DIVA/Ladybug/Honeybee/Radiance
  • Accredited or chartered in relevant area, eg Low Carbon Energy Assessor (LCEA), Passivhaus Designer or other relevant body (CIBSE etc).
  • Experience with BREEAM/WELL/LEED and other international certifications
  • Experience in UK related projects, building regulations, planning applications, SBEM and Part-L
  • Experience with MS Office
  • Experience with Adobe creative suite
  • Experience with CFD software

This description reflects the core activities of the role and is not intended to be all inclusive. Additional duties within the company may be required and as such a flexible working approach is required.

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