Building physics is the study of how heat, air, moisture and light move through a building, and relates to the engineering skills necessary to achieve healthy, comfortable and functional buildings. The user is always at the heart of our design process to ensure that buildings are comfortable to occupy, easy to use and light in their environmental impact, and our experts assess the feasibility of innovative concepts through the use of advanced software simulation. Whether we’re assessing buildings in different climate conditions around the globe, high class performance halls or advanced industrial plants, we are committed to providing our clients with the best solutions.

Our portfolio includes hospitals, data centers, laboratories, airports, museums, performance halls, theatres, industrial plants, offices and housing.

Healthy buildings

A key focus within Royal HaskoningDHV is creating healthy buildings and curing ‘sick buildings’ with an integrated approach. Healthy buildings add value by stimulating the well-being of the users which can improve productivity, reduce sick leave of personnel and contribute to a healing environment in healthcare facilities.

Our specialty services include:

  • Thermal comfort studies and humidity control solutions for new buildings, existing buildings and renovations
  • Solar and daylight studies to optimize facades and floor plan layouts
  • Glare and wind studies using CFD computation software
  • On-site CO2, temperature, humidity and air quality monitoring
  • On-site assessments to solve moisture and mold problems
  • BREEAM support for health related credits

Focus on functionality

Different buildings physics relate to the heart of building processes, and good design requires knowledge of all critical aspects in order to provide adequate solutions.

Our specialty services include:

  • Assistance in detailed development of building joints to prevent thermal bridges and to control moisture related problems, for example in the food processing industry
  • Controlling air permeability in pressure controlled rooms such as clean rooms, operating rooms and laboratories
  • Thermal and visual assessments for environmentally critical spaces such as museums and depots for art collections

Sustainable design

Sustainable design is about creating buildings that fulfill functional and aesthetic requirements, as well as providing good indoor climate with use of low-impact materials in an energy efficient way. We believe that sustainable design increases market value and enhances the future-proofing of assets.

Our specialty services include:

  • Developing passive energy design strategies using smart architectural design to limit the use of HVAC equipment
  • Facade engineering on daylight egress, glare prevention, air permeability and thermal insulation
  • Energy performance calculations
  • Environmental impact of materials using GPR, BREEAM or Greencalc
  • Assistance with BREEAM Energy related credits
  • On site assessments of building envelopes using infra-red images, air permeability measurements and test drillings.