NOTICE: All content on the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop has been incorporated into the new Autodesk Design Academy website. Visit the Design Academy's Sustainable Design landing page to find the relocated content, and explore the new site. Note: The Autodesk Sustainability Workshop will be taken down on June 30, 2015.

Building Design

Sun and Shadow Studies in BIM

(See our playlist on Sun and Shadow Studies for Building Science, one module of the Autodesk BPA Certificate)

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?


Sustainable Design

Everything in the built environment is designed, from the smallest computer chip to the largest city. With Autodesk software, users can reduce the environmental impacts of their designs.  Visit the Autodesk Sustainable Design Center:

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