Building Physics

Maximising Performance and Minimising Environmental Impact

Crofton’s experience in predicting the performance of buildings goes back to our formation over 20 years ago.

We have always understood the value of working with the design team to ensure that the various performance parameters are optimised at an early stage in the design process.

We consider building internal heat gains, from lighting, equipment and occupancy together with external solar, thermal and shading influences to produce a dynamic model of the proposed building.

The model allows a measured evaluation of a range of strategy options, construction types, and energy sources.

We utilise IES Virtual Environment dynamic modelling software to evaluate performance in a number of areas:

  • Predicting Summertime temperatures to inform natural cooling strategies
  • Thermal heating and cooling loads
  • Evaluate natural and mechanical ventilation strategies
  • Ensure compliance with Building Regulations Part L, planning energy and CO2 requirements, and BB 101 for educational premises
  • Consider future climate change effects
  • Evaluate and optimise sustainable energy strategies including low and zero carbon technologies
  • Inform construction details such as U values and glazing G values, shading strategies and façade optimisation generally.