Daylight Analysis

Analysis of the availability of natural daylight allows designs to improve natural light level within building spaces. The approach benefits occupants’ visual comfort, improves efficiency and productivity.

Climate Based
Climate Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM) takes into account the quality and quantity of sunlight and daylight by referencing local weather files. SDS provides a range of dynamic daylight metrics utilising CBDM, such as Useful Daylight Illuminance (UDI) and Spatial Daylighting Autonomy (SDA), to understand the annual daylight illuminance profiles within buildings.

SDS provides daylight calculations in support of BREEAM, Eco homes, BRE, BCO recommendations and to meet the Facilities Output Specification for the ESFA’s Schools Building Programme.

WELL Building Standard
The WELL Building Standard takes a holistic approach to health in the built environment addressing behavior, operations, design and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, light, comfort and mind.

SDS provides detailed daylight analysis and designs to improve wellbeing, reduce energy consumption and maximise visual comfort.

Types of Daylight Analysis
  • Climate-based Daylight Modelling (CBDM) for ESFA Schools Building Programme Requirements
  • Design and Analysis for BREEAM
  • Daylight Factor Analysis to BS8206-2
  • Solar Shading Studies and Design
  • Glare Analysis and Assessments
  • WELL Building Standard
  • Right to Light
  • Loss of Light to Existing Buildings
Daylight analysis to provide:

  • Reduced Energy Consumption and Running Costs
  • Minimise Glare and Visual Discomfort
  • Maximise Daylight in the Internal Environment
  • Simulate Direct Sunlight and Shading Effects
    Determine Dimming and Artificial Lighting Requirements