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Daylight and Sunlight Studies

Natural light is fundamental to our basic wellbeing. As we push the scale and space boundaries of urban design, ensuring balanced access to light is more challenging than ever.

A key requirement of planning will be an over-shadowing analysis – how a proposed development will impact daylight and sunlight on existing adjoining and adjacent buildings.

Equally, for the comfort of building users, how can building design be optimised to maximise access to daylight and sunlight whilst minimising the risk of overheating?

Addressing these questions at concept stage means we can influence the architectural design of a building at the earliest opportunity. By refining the building massing and utilising mitigation strategies such as glazing and fenestrations, we can find the right balance between levels of natural daylight, additional heating and cooling that may be required in areas with large elements of glazing. The result is a better user experience and more a comfortable space in which to live or work.

Features and benefits of our service include:

  • Assist developers and designers in making the best use of natural daylight.
  • Enhance building energy performance.
  • Improve the quality of the environment.

Our expertise

We will model the movement of light, air and energy in and around your buildings before the form is set, to ensure it exploits its natural environment to reduce its energy consumption.

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We will help you to manage, record and verify your carbon footprint claims with confidence and credibility to respond to a range of recognised standards.

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We will guide you step-by-step on the most cost-effective roadmap to net zero so you can view profitability and sustainability as two sides of the same coin.

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We create toolkits that benchmark and measure carbon and broader sustainability performance founded on established international frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Shaping future communities, we deliver strategic and pragmatic energy and sustainability consulting advice to inform masterplanning development and site promotion.

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We make strategic land and development sites viable by overcoming capacity constraints, reducing energy demand and maximising on-site generation by reducing connection costs and grid reinforcement charges.

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