Building physics

Building physics addresses the interaction between the sciences of engineering and those of human perception and physiology. In assessing design and performance imperatives, we consider several different areas of functionality including the thermal performance of solid and transparent elements, air movement, moisture control, energy use, acoustics and the use of light.

While our tools allow us to evaluate thermal and condensation performances, they also allow us to generate our own perspective on the building physics aspect and the complex interaction between façades and services, thus facilitating the development of innovative and efficient solutions.

We are of the mindset that our built environment succeeds not only as a consequence of the buildings that reside in it, but also due to the many public and private spaces that surround and enclose them. In designing buildings, we must consider their impact on these spaces; here we see both an obligation and many emerging opportunities. We have developed a unique bioclimatic toolkit that allows us to better understand these situations by qualitatively assessing solar radiation, wind comfort, glare and re-radiated energy, which allow us to provide preliminary trend assessments of wind pressures and inform any requirements for future wind tunnelling testing and specifications.