Gradwell Consulting provides a range of sustainability consulting services including condensation risk analysis, daylighting analysis, shadow diagrams and ESD reports.
The important goal of energy efficiency has meant that buildings are better sealed than ever before but this can lead to condensation issues. A computer based assessment of condensation risk can identify problems at the design stage.
Daylighting analysis assesses the effectiveness of natural lighting. An assessment can help reduce the need for artificial lighting which is a major user of energy, especially in large commercial buildings.
Shadow diagrams are important for determining the shading effect of adjacent buildings as well as those cast by the proposed structure.
ESD (ecologically sustainable development) reports form part of the Development Application (DA) for many larger projects. The report will typically consider site planning, building envelope design, natural ventilation, solar access and the use of sustainable materials.