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    New Guidance on Planning for Daylight and Sunlight Launch

    New Guidance on Planning for Daylight and Sunlight Launch - This event has already finished

    12 October 2011
    BRE Watford

    How to book:

    Attend launch only £60.00 BOOK NOW 
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    To assess the impact of a new development on daylight and sunlight, many planning authorities use the BRE Report 'Site layout planning for daylight and sunlight: a guide to good practice'.  This gives non-mandatory guidelines on loss of light to existing buildings and gardens, and on daylight and sunlight provision in new buildings.

    The BRE Report (first published in 1991) has new been completely revised to include additional guidance, and to tie in with other documents including the revised British Standard Code of Practice for daylighting, BS8206 Part 2.  This event explains the changes to the Report including new guidance on:

    • Providing good daylighting and sunlighting within a new development
    • Safeguarding sunlight and daylight within existing buildings nearby
    • Sunlighting of gardens and amenity areas
    • Solar panels
    • Effect of trees and hedges on daylight and sunlight

    Copies of the 2011 'Site layout planning for daylight and sunlight; a guide to good practice' are available at a reduced rate to delegates.

    The presenter is Dr Paul Littlefair, the author of the BRE Report, who has over 30 years experience in daylight.  The event is aimed principally at those who have some knowledge of the previous guidance, including architects, surveyors and planning officers.  It is interactive with plenty of time for questions and discussion during each presentation.


    At the end of the afternoon, delegates will

    • understand the principles involved in providing daylight and sunlight to buildings in urban areas
    • know the guidelines to assess the impact of obstruction to existing windows
    • be aware of the main changes to the published guidance
    • understand the impacts of the built and natural environment on daylight and sunlight, including the effects of balconies and overhangs, and trees and hedges.

    Event programme

    13:30   Introduction to the BRE guidance

    13:50   Daylight provision to new buildings, and loss of light to existing buildings

    14:20   Sunlight to new and existing buildings. Solar energy

    14:50   Refreshments

    15:10   Sunlight in gardens and open spaces

    15:30   Trees and hedges

    16:00   Daylight and sunlight in the planning context.  Flexibility in the guidelines.  Using the guidance in Environmental Impact Assessment

    16:30   Further discussion and conclusions

    16:45   Close

    Intended audience

    Architects, Surveyors and Planning officers

    For more information:

    Monica Morgan
    01923 664 800

    For more information

    Monica Morgan
    01923 664 800