BREEAM Visual comfort Glare control
 Aim and benefits
To ensure occupant controls are considered at the design stage to ensure best practice in visual performance and comfort for building occupants. This involves reducing glare that can cause discomfort and distraction, and enabling occupant lighting control.
 When to consider
Incorporating glare control at an early stage allows designers to propose building integrated options such as brise soleil or other innovative options, whereas if it is left to the end, blinds may be the only option.
Confirm with the design team which glare control method will be applied. Blinds are the simplest form of glare control. Where other methods are adopted, design data must be used to demonstrate compliance.
 Questions to ask while seeking compliance
- Building integrated measures.
- Occupant-controlled devices such as blinds (where transmittance value is<0.1 (10%)).
- Bioclimatic design.
- External shading or brise soleil.
- BREEAM Manual.
- Solar glare control | WELL Standard.
- LG9: Lighting Guide 9 - CIBSE.
- BREEAM Knowledge Base.
- BREEAM Extranet.
 Tips and best practice
Is it too late to amend the design to improve shading control (e.g. by using over-hangs)?
Remember that protection must provide shading from high-level summer and low-level winter sun.
Automatic controls may provide compliance, but are not essential to comply with the requirements.
There are many means of controlling glare, such as blinds, brise soleil, building overhangs and even natural protection for some schemes. Keep an open mind about the potential solutions, where possible.
 Typical evidence
- Design drawings identifying relevant building areas, windows and any glare control such as the blinds specified.
- Specification of glare control system such as occupant controlled blinds (confirming transmittance value of <0.1).
- Drawings showing building integrated measures where applicable, such as the extent and height of eaves in relation to windows and building orientation.
- Drawings/specification of any external shading systems or brise soleil.
- Where fixed systems are used then design studies/calculations must demonstrate that sunlight will be prevented from reaching building occupants during occupied hours.
- The simplest form of glare control is occupant controlled blinds.
- As-built drawings/specifications for any glare control system - for blinds this could be manufacturer's literature confirming the transmittance value.
- Assessor site inspection photos and report.
 Applicable Schemes
The guidelines collated in this ISD aim to support sustainable best practice in the topic described. This issue may apply in multiple BREEAM schemes covering different stages in the life of a building, different building types and different year versions. Some content may be generic but scheme nuances should also be taken into account. Refer to the comments below and related articles to this one to understand these nuances. See this document for further guidelines.
- BREEAM International New Construction 2016
- BREEAM UK NC 2011
- BREEAM UK NC 2014
- BREEAM UK NC 2018
- BREEAM RFO 2014
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This article created originally in a BREEAM workshop by Pantelis Levantis, Azita Dezfouli, Tom Abbott, Jane Morning, Martin Earl, Eleni Kalyva
--Multiple Author Article 21:54, 21 Apr 2018 (BST)
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