Home   »   2016   »   July

Archive for July, 2016

Health & Wellbeing is the new frontier for making our buildings even better. A rich body of academic research and business case studies have arisen over the last five years, showing the physical, physiological, cognitive, health and wellness benefits of positive interactions between Humans and the built environment. The WELL standard is a specific example of capturing and formalising this complex issue into a documented rating system, much overdue and warmly received. It follows similar approaches to common rating systems such as LEED and BREEAM in that a ‘credit’ style approach is used during the design and operation stage of the building to demonstrate compliance.

WELL

Our UK Business Development Manager Naghman Khan has written a very interesting and informative article around this topic looking in more detail at the WELL standard and how building performance modelling can be used to meet the standard and significantly improve the health and wellbeing of building occupants.

The full article is available via DiscoverIES at https://www.iesve.com/discoveries/article/what-next-for-building-design-well/

Happy reading!

To ensure you don’t miss out on all the fresh content being published on DiscoverIES, subscribe to our newsletter.

Daylight
For many, city living has it all and is the best place to live. This belief can be attributed to common themes;

  • Access to work place, educational, medical, retail and leisure facilities
  • Transport links and reduced travel times
  • Cultural benefits with social possibilities and networking

With this, many developers still see building development in city and brownfield sites as a key area of focus. However residential development poses some interesting challenges perhaps none more so than with respect to visual amenity;

  • Views and privacy
  • Quality and availability of sunlight

Whenever new development is planned there are a number of key parties all with their own interests:

  • The development team eager to gain planning permission whilst minimising risk and associated delay
  • Existing Building Owners and Residents who may be impacted by new developments
  • New Building Owners and Residents keen to ensure they maximise visual amenity

Privacy, daylight, sunlight and immediate outlook are all import factors and should be considered as early as possible in the design stage.

Early daylighting analysis using 3D modelling techniques will improve understanding and mitigate the risks. Using a low cost modelling approach at each design stage helps avoid costly abortive design and construction works.

Daylight, Sunlight and Overshadowing (DSO) assessment can include tests for a range of factors that designers use to make the right decisions:

  • Average Daylight Factor – the amount of daylight in a given space reported as %
  • Annual Probable Sunlight Hours – the expected number or % of sunlight hours for a reference point
  • Overshadowing to Gardens and Shared Space – images showing the change in shadows cast by proposed / existing buildings
  • Glazing % – the level of Glazing on facades / orientations – can be required by Planners
  • Vertical Sky Component – the illuminance ratio at a reference point based on the amount of visible sky – can be required by Planners)
  • Daylight Distribution / No Sky Line – identifies which parts of a room the sky can be seen directly – can be required by Planners)
  • Glare – where there is a potential for ‘dazzle’ occurring when sunlight is reflected from a glazed facade leading to issues for motorist or pedestrians – can be required by Planners)

IES Consulting have the experience to help investigate and interpret the impact on your building design by undertaking the tests summarised above. IES work with you from the concept stage to ensure that building form is well considered and to identify potential problems quickly and help test possible design solutions to reduce planning risks and help avoid the potential for related neighbourly disputes.

 

Featured Video

Copyright © 2009 Integrated Environmental Solutions Limited. All rights reserved