Integral to the planning process
Microclimate assessments, where the impact of new developments on wind, sunlight, daylight, overshadowing and glare is measured, are becoming of increasing importance during the design and planning of buildings.
We use the principles of environmental design and building physics to assess and inform the design of buildings from the early concept stages through to planning and beyond. To optimise the quality of occupied spaces, we undertake iterative internal and external microclimate assessments to test the likely performance of the scheme against a full range of microclimate variables.
Addressing these issues early in the design process ensures that the benefits of sound environmental design are evaluated in good time and become inherent in the building, reducing potential planning risks and ensuring resilience. At WSP we use the latest technologies to support our professional advice including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Physical Wind Tunnel methodologies for the assessment of wind microclimate effects.