Some councils now insist that new buildings are future proofed against predicted temperature rises by demonstrating that they can provide a comfortable indoor environment in 30-60 years’ time.
But what do you do if the software thinks there’s an overheating problem in your building?
Changing the windows could be an option, but what if you’ve purchased these already?
Or you could add mechanical ventilation to push air out, but there’s no space.
“It can be challenging, but whatever the problem we’ll help you find a site-specific solution,” says Anthony Dale, senior sustainability consultant at Darren Evans.
A thermal comfort model, or overheating assessment, ensures the indoor environment does not exceed a comfortable limit for the occupants.
Thermal models must confirm that the design of the building is in line with CIBSE Guide A and CIBSE TM:52 or with CIBSE TM:59 for residential developments.