- Building Design Concepts
- Green Building Goals & Process
- Climate & Site Analysis
- Climate Analysis
- Human Thermal Comfort
- Building Site and Program
- Building Energy Fundamentals
- Building Envelope
- Passive Design Strategies
- Building Massing & Orientation
- Passive Heating
- Passive Cooling
- Lighting and Daylighting Design
- Electric Lighting and Controls
- Active HVAC Systems
- Water Resources in Buildings
- Green Building Materials
- Indoor Air Quality
- Clean Energy
- Bldg Science Resources
- Building Design Software
- Building Performance Analysis
- Whole Building Energy Analysis
- Climate Analysis in BIM
- Energy Loads in BIM
- Sun and Shadow Studies in BIM
- Solar Loads Analysis in BIM
- Wind Analysis in BIM
- Lighting Analysis in BIM
Understanding the sun’s path goes hand-in-hand with climate analysis to help you create high performance buildings. Harnessing the sun’s energy and light is perhaps the most important factor for good passive design strategies.
The first step is to understand how the sun will move across your site, and what shadows will be cast from surrounding objects and your building. Armed with this basic understanding, you can be much more effective in subsequent analyses as you’re designing for solar heat gain, daylighting, and solar electricity generation.
Software tools can help you visualize or quantify the effect sun and shadows on your building site, or important elements of it. Are buildings or vegetation in the surroundings shading my building? How does my building shade the surroundings? What might be the most effective shading strategies?
Autodesk Vasari and Revit have an interactive 3D sunpath diagram can help you visualize shadows and understand the sun’s position throughout the day and year.
Autodesk Ecotect has a robust set of solar tools for studying shadow patterns that includes stereographic diagrams, shading masks, overshadowing, and solar exposure.
Shading masks visualize the solar window and are helpful tools for solar analysis. They show you what will shade a given point in your building model throughout the day and year.
Autodesk Ecotect can help analyze right-to-light and solar access to ensure a building’s design doesn’t prevent other buildings from using to daylighting and solar radiation.