Overheating Studies | Low Energy Consultancy

Overview of Overheating Studies

Thermal Comfort Analysis

Overall occupancy comfort must be demonstrated for the purposes of planning BREEAM or retrospective reasons.

Overheating analysis is carried out using dynamic simulation sotware IES, which gives the opportunity to look at real situations on an hourly basis for a selected period of time.

How is this measured?

Depending upon the project type (schools, offices, homes, etc.) this will determine the official criteria to be analysed against. These are set as per CIBSE guidance:

  • TM52 - The limits of thermal comfort: avoiding overheating in European Buildings
  • TM59 - Design methodology for the assessment of overheating risk in homes
  • BB101 - Ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools

Internal temperatures are assigned on the zonal level by using the 'Building Template Manager' option in the IES software. Internal heat gains is an important element for overheating analysis.

Another important aspect is building construction, specifically the fabric make-up and U-values, glazing U-values and g-values. Thus informing the design team on building performance and important shading options such as brise soleil.

All data is checked against the relevant weather file set under TM49.

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Overheating Studies

3 Merchant Square, London
3 Merchant Square

3 Merchant Square is a 21 storey residential building providing flexible living and retail space.

Blackdale Student accommodation aerial
Blackdale Student Accommodation
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514 student accommodation set to make a big difference.

Don Valley Secondary School Doncaster
Don Valley Secondary School

£17 million super school saving energy

Forbury Place, Reading
Forbury Place

Seven storey office block with renewable set in business sector of Reading.

Leicester Grammar School
Leicester Grammar School
Great Glen, Leicestershire

Extension works to high performing school.

Park Royal
This London Plan project goes to Plan

This easy commutable development was assisted through planning with our creation of energy and sustainability statements and subsequent overheating

Premier Inn, Cambridge
Premier Inn, Cambridge
Newmarket Road, Cambridge

A good night’s sleep guaranteed in Cambridge

Premier Inn Ipswich
Premier Inn, Ipswich

Super comfy Key Street!

Premier Inn Winchester
Premier Inn, Winchester

101-bed hotel in Winchester

Premier Inn Woking
Premier Inn, Woking

Waking up in Woking - 10-storey-110-bed hotel

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Teleprinter Hall, Bletchley

Refurbishment Enigma cracked

University of Cambridge Primary School
University of Cambridge Primary School

Part of the North West Cambridge development.