Microclimate Analysis – a key to Planning

Micro-scale environmental issues such as overshadowing, light pollution, air quality, wind and daylight provision are becoming increasingly important to planners as recognition grows of the climate impacts of buildings as urban densities and building heights increase. Major planning applications often require a Microclimate Analysis Report. With the use of the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) we [...]

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Glazing Implications of Part L1A 2013

Glazing is already a key focus area for environmental assessment, driving internal daylight levels, thermal comfort, and overheating risk.  Our initial assessment using Part L 2013 shows the increasing importance of early consideration of the energy and CO2 impacts of glazing design. The strategic issue is that the benchmark notional building used in SAP 2012 [...]

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Low-Energy Building Optimisation for Concept Design

As building designers, we are continually challenged with trying to optimise building design to achieve low-energy, yet financially viable solutions. Hodkinson Consultancy have adopted an innovative approach to optimisation, working closely with software developers and research academics to advance sophisticated simulation techniques. The optimisation process applies the Darwinian evolutionary selection theory to identify variables that [...]

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The Value of Energy Modelling

  Over the past twelve months, Richard Hodkinson Consultancy has invested significant resources developing our energy modelling capabilities to assist our clients. We use 3D modeling software tools such as DesignBuilder and Hevacomp for strategic heating design, cooling design, HVAC simulation, overheating assessments, daylight and sunlight analysis. SBEM Part L Compliance: DesignBuilder uses data such [...]

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Daylighting

BRE requires the Average Daylight Factor (ADF) to be equal to or greater than 2% for kitchens and equal to or greater than 1.5% for living/dining rooms and home offices. If the ADF is lower than these levels, natural daylighting would not be effective in illuminating the internal space and artificial light would be in [...]

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