Overheating Risk Analysis

What is an Overheating Risk Analysis?

Overheating Risk Analysis is delivered by Stroma Built Environment during the design phase to advise clients on mitigation measures to prevent overheating in buildings. Our Energy Assessors work with designers and developers to inform the design process at an early stage, advising on overheating risks to ensure a more pleasant thermal environment for the building and its occupants.

Overheating Risk Analysis services – Why choose Stroma Built Environment?

Stroma Built Environment has a team of experienced and qualified Energy Assessors who will work with your design team. We can help assess potential overheating risks and develop robust solutions to improve performance. Our assessors can bring knowledge of a range of assessment standards and modelling procedures to identify overheating risks:

Our assessors can bring knowledge of a range of assessment standards and modelling procedures to identify overheating risks:

Energy Statements may contain an Overheating Risk Analysis

SAP Calculations can identify overheating risks

Achieving BREEAM credits for thermal comfort

We have assisted in formulating the compliance strategy for challenging developments such as high-rise buildings and high sustainability projects. Also, if your specification is not on target to meet the required limits, our experienced assessors can provide advice on how to resolve this, ensuring a smooth submission to Building Control.

What causes overheating in buildings?

Changing environmental conditions, construction techniques and behavioural factors has led to an increased need to consider mitigation measures for preventing overheating in buildings.

Factors which can cause overheating include:

  • Rising temperatures
  • Increased occupant densities
  • Community heating pipework losses
  • Lightweight building fabric
  • Airtight construction

Although solvable in many cases, this is a problem that needs to be addressed at the earliest possible opportunity in the design process. Significant industry research has been carried out over recent decades into the cause and effects of overheating and thermal discomfort. This has resulted in several standards to help assess building performance and define acceptable temperature thresholds. CIBSE Guide A has set the recommended performance standard in the UK for many years, for both air conditioned and free running buildings. The latter has since been superseded by Technical Memorandum 52 which develops on the Guide A standard to also account for the fragility of the occupants and human adaption to sustained high temperatures. In all cases, computational simulation is undertaken to predict internal temperatures resulting from the building design, occupant use and local weather environment.

Request a quote for Overheating Risk Analysis

Contact our friendly Estimating Team to request a quote for Overheating Risk Analysis services on your development. You can also select to receive information about our complementary testing and assessment services to allow Stroma Tech to provide compliance support throughout your project.

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