Thermal Comfort

When will you need a Thermal Comfort (risk of overheat) analysis?

  • Mitigating the risk of overheat in existing and proposed buildings
  • Supporting planning applications
  • BREEAM Thermal Comfort credit
  • Industry Standards; Healthcare and education

Thermal Comfort & Overheating in buildings has become a major concern

This is due to the continuous increase in summer temperatures, alongside the increase in the airtightness of buildings and the larger window to wall ratios, and the extensive use of communal heating systems in multi residential projects.

It has become essential to include a risk of overheat assessment at the early stages of your design, hence the changes in the London Planning Policy in the last few years, mainly for multi residential developments, and for buildings with window opening restrictions due to the site location.

The CIBSE Technical Memorandums provide guidance for overheating or thermal comfort analysis. From CIBSE Guide A, to the CIBSE TM52 and TM59.

How is it done?

Dynamic simulation is used to predict the comfort levels of a building and predict if the building is at risk of overheating. Design Summer Year (DSY) weather files, along with future weather files, are used to help you achieve the required comfort levels in current climate and plan your adaptation route.

Dynamic simulation is able to determine the best solutions to achieve the required results, in the most feasible way. Each building is different, and our strategies will be tailored according to your project specifications and requirements.

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Why Pro Sustainability?

We are specialists in sustainability and thermal comfort analysis.
We provide a collaborative approach; meaning we will work alongside your design team and respond to any changes required along the stages of your work.
We keep you informed with the progress, updating you with the results before issuing a final report.
We believe in holistic approaches, keeping various elements in mind; daylight, air quality and energy demand.

Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space … On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.

– Zaha Hadid

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