During the planning application process, it is often required to show how the proposed development will meet a number of criteria such as carbon emissions & sustainability, By undertaken thermal modelling in the concept stages of a project we can ensure that early strategies can be implemented to address the relevant criteria,
Similarly, recognised assessment procedures such as BREEAM will be able to obtain credits by demonstrating how the building operates and from this can be used to achieve credits towards your BREEAM rating.
Thermal modelling is the process of replicating the proposed development through the use of a computer-generated model, including Thermal Elements, Constructions, HVAC, Lighting, Daylighting, Orientation, Building use & type and much more, this enables the model to be used to improve and develop real-life scenarios and therefore meet criteria set out such as BREEAM or Net-Zero.
Understanding how the development works and performs will enable decisions and strategies to be implemented at an early stage and therefore the overall development can benefit from lower carbon and highly efficient designs.
Another potential reason behind thermal modelling is to support the planning application in the production of an energy & sustainability statement, thermal modelling can be used as a great tool to be able to design a project as close as possible to how the dwelling will ultimately perform and therefore can achieve carbon reductions or thermal comfort.