Course at a Glance


Students and professionals who are interested in learning how climate can influence high performance building design and want to learn how to integrate climate anaylsis into their design process.

Building Design and Construction


American Institute of Architects3 LUs
3 hours

Content Covered


Conceptual Design, Climate Analysis

Climate & Weather Analysis Course

In this course you’ll learn about what climate conditions you should study before making design decisions, and how these climate conditions will dictate your design. You will also learn how to use Autodesk Revit to generate climate charts you can use to interpret energy analysis results.

Learning Objectives

  • Define how different climate metrics will impact your design decisions.
  • Associate passive design strategies with climate conditions.
  • Learn the basics of climate responsive building and how it affects energy efficiency. 
  • Conduct energy analysis in Revit and interpret climate data for different climate types. 

If you are interested in taking all 7 individual courses in the High Performance Building Design series, we encourage you to, instead, register for the Building Performance Analysis Certificate, which offers the same 7 courses and will provide you with a certificate of completion.

Regardless of what type of building you’re designing, the various environmental conditions will be one of the first and most important factors that you study in the design process. Not only does climate have big implications for the type of materials and constructions you’ll want to use, it’s also going to tell you a lot about what types of passive design strategies are going work in your favor.

Through a case study example, fundamental theory, quizzes, software exercises, and software documentation, learn how to analyze your site’s climate through energy analysis for Revit. This course will better prepare architects and engineers to conduct and understand building performance analysis. In order to fully understand everything that goes into high performance building design, you need to first understand climate and how it impacts the rest of the design process.

Topics covered include temperature, humidity, wind, thermal comfort, psychrometric charts, and analyzing Revit energy analysis results for differing climate types.

Links and References


Stephanie Egger is a building scientist and engineer. She currently works on the Autodesk Sustainable Design team as the Building Scientist Education Expert. Over the past two years, she has contributed significantly to the creation and development of the Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Certificate, which teaches architects and engineers all over the world how to design more sustainable buildings using Autodesk software, and currently manages the program. Stephanie holds a Bachelor in Civil Engineering and a Master of Building Science.