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    Planning for daylight and sunlight

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    23 April 2018
    BRE Academy, Watford

    Reduced fee for Local Authorities please contact breacademy@bre.co.uk for a discount code

    An awareness course describing BRE guidance on daylight and sunlight, covering natural light provision in new buildings, loss of light to existing buildings and overshadowing of gardens.


    This awareness course presents practical advice on overshadowing and providing daylight and sunlight to buildings in built up areas. It gives guidance on the widely used BRE Report “Site Layout Design for Daylight and Sunlight: a guide to good practice”, revised in 2011.  It describes the contents of the guide and how to use it, with specific guidance on:

    • Providing good daylighting and sunlighting within a new development.
    • Safeguarding sunlight and daylight within existing buildings nearby.
    • Protection of daylighting of adjoining land for future development
    • Sunlighting of gardens and amenity areas

    A special workshop session will give delegates practical experience of using the calculation methods in the guide. As the workshop element is highly participative and interactive, numbers are limited to 25 delegates.


    • Introduction to daylight and sunlight
    • Quantifying daylight: the BS Code of Practice
    • Site layout planning for daylight
    • Site layout for sunlight and solar gain
    • Workshop session; calculations


    No previous knowledge of daylight and sunlight is required. Delegates will need a copy of BRE Report BR209 'Site layout planning for daylight and sunlight: a guide to good practice', 2011 (these can be purchased on the day if required).

    Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the day, delegates will;

    • understand the principles involved in providing daylight and sunlight to buildings in urban areas
    • know simple rules of thumb for the impact of obstruction of windows
    • be able to assess overshadowing to existing buildings following construction of a new development nearby
    • be able to use the BRE skylight and sunlight indicators.

    Course presenter

    Dr Paul Littlefair  Associate Director, Lighting

    With 38 years experience in daylight and sunlight, Paul Littlefair leads BRE’s lighting team. He regularly carries out consultancy work on the daylight and sunlight impact of proposed buildings. He has a PhD in daylight and contributed to the British Standard Code of Practice for daylighting, BS8206 Part 2. He is the author of over 100 books and papers on daylight, including the widely used guidance 'Site layout planning for daylight and sunlight: a guide to good practice'.

    Intended audience

    The workshop is suitable for local authority planners (a reduced rate is available for local authority staff), architects, surveyors, engineers and planning consultants.

    For more information:

    BRE Academy
    0333 321 88 11