Supporting climate-aware and climate-resilient design with expertly interpreted, modeled and analyzed meteorological data
Good design—of buildings, infrastructure, communities—hinges on an accurate understanding of climate. Misjudge the weather and the structure fails: Construction costs more; operation costs more; usable lifespan is reduced; people are unhappy—or unsafe.
Climate analysis ensures that a design is firmly rooted in the local environment and immediate surroundings. Such design exploits the benefits of a climate while providing resiliency against its detrimental aspects. Climate-aware design also exploits the uniqueness of a given situation. For example, if passive ventilation is to work well, the building and its openings must be oriented appropriately for local winds.
There are lots of ways to get weather statistics. But when you work with us, we make sure the statistics are interpreted appropriately in relation to your site. We also help you understand what those statistics really mean and how they can benefit your design.
We offer a full range of traditional climate-related analyses. A typical engagement is to evaluate loading conditions using historical observations coupled with wind tunnel techniques. We also provide guidance on typical and extreme conditions as a baseline for design.
Our specialists have carried out such analyses around the globe. Thus, our experience includes evaluating and mitigating climate-related challenges in of extremes heat, cold, snow and wind.
We also use a custom modeling strategy that allows us to give you truly site-specific weather data. Other methods simply estimate climate based on data from the nearest meteorology station. If your work site is next door to that station, you’re in luck. If the station is near a lake but your structure isn’t, many aspect of the climate will be different. In that case, a traditional estimate may be inherently inaccurate.
By working with us, you get access to far more than meteorologists. Our teams also include experts in climatology, wind engineering and building performance. Working in these teams, we have developed a deeper understanding of how phenomena at all scales influence meteorology and climate. This broad perspective also informs our analysis of how meteorological parameters can vary between the data measurement location and the project site.
Supported by this cross-disciplinary outlook and a commitment to exceptional reliability, we distill a vast range of influences into usable form. You receive recommendations that correctly reflect not only broad patterns but also the unique circumstances of your project.