In most types of space where people work or live, daylight is appreciated as a natural, powerful and dynamic source of full spectrum light, and it’s free.

To help an architect understand the daylight performance of their building design, we provide advice on the basis of experience and daylight calculations.

We offer a flexible and responsive service: providing regular feedback on design options so that the building design develops quickly and efficiently.

From a few hours of ‘light touch’ work for one space, to large-scale developments with hundreds of rooms requiring testing of different daylight strategies. Most work can be accommodated.

Fine Science offers two types of daylight service:


1. Iterative daylight calculations

With involvement from the very beginning of building design, multiple calculations can be performed to help the architect understand how much skylight and sunlight will enter their building. The aims are:

a)  to ensure interior spaces have adequate daylight conditions (quantity and distribution) given the many influencing factors
b)  to assess the impact of solar shading on daylight ingress.

This process of early involvement, with repeated quick calculations, can mean a small amount of work has an enduring, positive impact on the building.

Calculations may be undertaken to predict daylight factor (ADF) and climate based daylight metrics (sDA, UDI, ASE).


2. Daylight reports for the planning process

Clients and planning authorities frequently require evidence of:

a)  the impact of a new building on its neighbours (i.e. overshadowing)
b)  whether a building has good daylight conditions, that certain rooms exhibit a minimum average daylight factor, spatial daylight autonomy or useful daylight illuminance
c)  Compliance with standards and codes (BSI, BREEAM, LEED)

We produce the daylight assessment reports that planners require. Please contact us for more information.