Course at a Glance


Students and professionals who are interested in learning how daylighting can influence high performance building design. This course is also appropriate for users who want to learn how to use Lighting Analysis for Revit and integrate it into their design process.

Building Design and Construction


American Institute of Architects5 LUs
5 hours

Daylighting Strategies & Analysis Course

In this course you’ll study the basics of daylight and how it impacts visual comfort, interior space planning, and shading design. You will learn how to measure light and evaluate light levels. You’ll also learn how to interpret illumination renderings from Autodesk Revit to make informed design decisions.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how light is measured, and what factors contribute to desirable daylighting.
  • Determine how much light is needed to support the building program.
  • Identify techniques for using daylight to offset energy demands, and bring natural light into spaces.
  • Conduct daylighting analyses in Revit and study illuminance levels. 

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.

Using daylight in your building is a key strategy for passive design. Letting sun into your building impacts visual comfort, as well as thermal comfort. 

Through a case study example, fundamental theory, quizzes, software exercises, and software documentation, you will learn design strategies to help you use daylight to meet as much of your lighting needs as possible.

Topics covered include light measurement and distribution, glare, colors of light, building massing and orientation, aperture design, high performance windows, views, and quantitative lighting analysis in Autodesk Revit.

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.