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Incorporating Solar Design and Optimisation into early design stages is essential in order to meet demanding planning requirements for CO2, Overheating and Daylighting.

The adoption of an iterative design workflow in close collaboration with the architectural team leads to realistic, cost-effective and integrated project strategies.

Undertaking Solar Design and Optimisation analysis during early design stages provides clients and design teams with the advantage of evidence-based decision making and significantly reduces unforeseen procurement costs.

STEP 1: At early concept stage, our initial Solar Design analysis through solar radiation mapping and envelope impact studies assess various scenarios and optimise the proposed massing. This helps advise on built form, solar shading, overheating risk, daylight availability, renewables, landscape design and impact on neighbouring properties.

STEP 2: At scheme design stage, more detailed Energy, Overheating, Internal Daylighting and Fa├žade Design optimisation studies help the setting of deliverable energy strategies including cost-effective fabric specification, which also balance overheating and internal daylighting strategies.

STEP 3: Preparation of a realistic planning submission that meets energy, fabric and CO2 requirements with a balanced approach to overheating and daylighting.