The olm, a cave-dwelling salamander, spent so long adapting to life in caves that it is mostly blind. Good daylight in your own building is as important as protecting that of your neighbours.

Much of our work involves providing architects with the information they will use to ensure good levels of daylight are achieved at the pre-planning stage. We have a lot of experience of producing daylight and sunlight reports for planning applications. Some of our other daylight work and our current areas of interest can be found here.


Schools and the ways in which their buildings can be utilised effectively (in terms of learning, energy and other resources) are areas of particular interest to us. Our focus is on the way the curriculum can be used to teach pupils how buildings work by enabling them to conduct post-occupancy evaluations of their own school buildings, and in the process supply the design team with useful data. We are also trying to increase awareness of pupil capabilities amongst academics seeking to understand the design requisites for good learning environments. Read more here.

Environmental Design

To help design teams create buildings that work as much with the climate and on-site resources as possible requires a thorough site analysis early in the project. Using our expertise and employing simulation techniques where necessary, we work with architects to develop their designs into comfortable, low-impact buildings.

Each project is addressed from first principles. We have written construction guides, energy strategies, sustainability statements, masterplans and policies for spaces and places ranging from single dwellings to the city of Edinburgh.