Extensive consideration should be given by developers to the impact of new buildings on wind conditions within their immediate vicinity and the comfort of ground-level pedestrians.

In certain overseas jurisdictions, such as Toronto, Canada, pedestrian wind studies are now required before new building developments proceed, given the impact of tall structures in particular on ground-level wind conditions. According to wind engineer Dr. John Holmes, director of JDH Consulting, the major cities of Australia already impose similar requirements for…