Building Performance Modelling

Our specialists in Building Physics create sophisticated computer models to undertake performance testing and optimise spaces. This is an essential tool which – if embraced by all involved in the design process – results in high-performing buildings.

Modelling is a vastly intricate service. It covers everything from energy, to light, to air quality, to comfort and lots in-between. Each component impacts and intertwines with the next, and must be considered both in isolation and holistically.

Primarily, our building physics team use performance modelling to share and solve problems consistently. It enables us to optimise specifications, and to reach an agreement regarding fundamental pieces of the construction design puzzle with our fellow designers, architects, engineers, and/or clients.

As early as RIBA Stage 2, we utilise IES Software to build a theoretical representation of the building. This allows us to evaluate the orientation, layout, massing, and solar performance of the building and to test the preliminary design and servicing solutions. From this, we establish principles which are then developed in further detail during the next stages of design.

We provide:

  • Part L Compliance Reports
  • SBEM and DSM
  • BRUKL and EPC’s
  • Computer Fluid Dynamics
  • Energy Option Appraisals
  • Daylight Modelling
  • Overheating Assessments
  • U Value Calculations
  • Natural Ventilation Design
  • Window Opening Calculations

Our iterative approach to Energy Modelling follows our mission hierarchy: Be Lean, Be Clean, Be Green. Primarily, we utilise passive design principles to develop a ‘Fabric First’ approach. Through this strategy we focus investment into the building fabric and reduce the baseline energy profile. The next step is to focus on making the building services installations complement the fabric and massing. Finally, our expertise in energy and carbon technology will help you to maximise your investment and get the most out of the funding available for your project, introducing renewable technologies that balance supply with demand.

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