Overheating has become a significant challenge in contemporary building design. It’s an issue that both impacts a project’s ability to satisfy Building Regulations Part O, and practically affects the thermal comfort of the people eventually living or working in the space. Ultimately, overheating affects residents’ heath, wellbeing and quality of life. When considered from the outset of the design, it is possible to reduce the risk of overheating by selecting appropriate mitigation measures and strategies.
Working alongside you and your design engineers at an early stage of your project, when it’s easier to make aesthetic modifications to the building façade, we can develop practical and cost-effective strategies to guard against overheating. Using advanced dynamic simulation modelling, we can model both domestic and commercial buildings with a very high degree of accuracy to assess their risk of overheating. Then we can advise you on a variety of mitigation measures – like glazing proportion, glazing solar transmittance (g-values), external shading such as overhangs or louvres, and a range of both natural and mechanical ventilation strategies.