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With the clocks going back this Sunday (29th October) at 2am GMT, we can prepare ourselves for lots of bleak weather and dark mornings.

But it’s not all bad news. At Base Energy, we thought we would share some bright advice on how you can maximise investment in your development, simply by carrying out a Daylight Study.

First things first, let’s start with the basics.

What is a Daylight Study?

A Daylight Study determines the potential for natural light to enter a room or habitable space. This will be of your proposed property or the impact on a neighbouring property.

This is important because the efficient utilisation of daylight in a building will reduce its dependence on artificial lighting, thereby enhancing its energy performance and environmental credentials.

Here is a checklist of everything you need to know about how Daylight Studies can help you to maximise investment in your development:

  1. Build More: By carrying out a Daylight Study, you have access to professional guidance and design advice from the start on the acceptable levels of daylight and sunlight to neighbouring buildings. You can then decide whether to build additional storeys, go up or across which can provide a real financial gain for your project.
  1. Cutting edge technology: At Base Energy, we carry out maximum envelope calculations with our Daylight Studies. This is where we create a 3D model of the building which allows the developer or architect to build and design. By having this information at their disposal, it boosts the potential for building more property on a site so they can maximise profit.
  1. Viability: These detailed reports can give you an early indication on whether the site you have chosen is viable for your development, so that you don’t waste time on detailed design and therefore avoid losing money.
  1. Get it right from the start: Most local authorities insist on Daylight Studies as a requirement of planning applications.By carrying out a Daylight Study with Base Energy at the design stage, we can work with you to make sure it passes so you won’t have to fork out additional money on the development to meet local planning requirements and regulations.
  1. Identify potential infringements: Daylight Studies are incredibly useful as they can identify any potential infringements to neighbouring properties. So, for instance, if the level of daylight a building experiences is affected to a noticeable extent by your development, it could be used as an objection to a planning application or even result in potential financial compensations and building delays further down the line.

How can we help?

Our valuable insight will allow you to create more desirable and energy efficient living spaces for your clients, as well as generate additional revenue by maximising space in your development.

All our Daylight Studies are carried out in accordance with BRE 209 Standards, the highest industry benchmark, and are accepted by all local planning authorities.

Our team has a proven track record of success in this area. You will receive a comprehensive evaluation report conducted by a leading specialist and we can offer you the most competitive prices on the market.

Read here about how our Daylight Study for St Marcs Properties helped to demonstrate planning compliance for their development of 10 self-contained flats at Duppas Hill, Croydon.

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