Building physics

The field of building physics encompasses all the aspects of our living- and working environment: acoustics, daylight admittance, traffic noise and the thermal behaviour of a building. It is the task of the building physics consultant/specialist to join all these aspects into a logical and sound unity. Properly applied in a building, they are quite inconspicuous. Applied incorrectly or not at all, on the other hand, they are immediately noticeable. We all are familiar with windy shopping centres, overheated offices and embarrassingly thin-walled hotels.

Our consultants base their recommendations on advanced calculations, measurements in the laboratories and expertise, accumulated over more than 40 years. The appreciation of the future user is always on the forefront.

Often they are a part of the designteam from the start of the project, next to the architect, the structural engineer and the building services engineer, thus providing essential input during the duration of the project, from the design stage through to the building stage.

A major aspect of the working method is the evaluation of drafts or preliminary designs to identify problems in relation to building physics and acoustics. Retrospective solutions, however cleverly thought out and implemented, are never as good as solutions integrated into the initial design. Further elaboration of the design also involves various components important to building physics and acoustics, like outer and inner walls, ceilings, installed equipment and the detailing of the structures.

Finally, Peutz Consulting Engineers can provide on site management during the construction stage, and performe the necessary checks and tests.