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Building Performance Modelling & Daylight and Sunlight Studies BRE Reports

One of the most powerful design tools we have at our disposal is the ability to model the movement of light, air and energy in and around buildings before the form is set.

Led by intuition and underpinned by computational analysis, the resulting efficiencies – buildings that make the most of their environment – are outstanding.

Light, heat and energy transfer – the factors that make a building breathe – are influenced by occupancy, the weather, building orientation, form, and fabric. Modelling these elements demonstrates how they affect each other enabling us, as the design engineer, to reach an optimum solution where they work together.

Building performance modelling gets us closer to the ultimate goal of designing a building that is autonomous: one that exploits its natural environment to reduce its energy consumption. It’s a ‘deep analysis/low tech’ approach, and it’s a fundamental part of our design philosophy.

Early analysis like this simplifies the design and avoids poor value bolt-ons and retrofits to reach the conditions originally sought. As an approach, it is as applicable to master planning as it is to determining airflow through a single duct.

NDC has significant experience with the design and development of M&E services using a BIM model, particularly in relation to the 3D modelling used in Autodesk’s Revit software. Whilst BIM facilitates the production of Building, Structural and M&E models in 3D, it also provides a platform for the flow of data and documentation relating to the project, how it is managed and communicated between the various Design Team, Contractors and Client team members. 

NDC has developed their in-house team to deliver design solutions using Revit for 3D BIM modelling to LOD 200/300.

We are also able to offer this as an independent service development of M&E services using a BIM model.

Daylight & Sunlight Studies

One of the most powerful design tools we have at our disposal is the ability to model the movement of light, air and energy in and around buildings before the form is set.

Led by intuition and underpinned by computational analysis, the resulting efficiencies – buildings that make the most of their environment – are outstanding.

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 find the balance to maximise performance across each design criteria to help you secure planning permission.

Contact James Pearson today to find out how we can help your business.