Course at a Glance


Students and professionals who are interested in learning the fundamentals of building energy use and how to conduct basic energy analysis in Revit at the conceptual level.

Building Design and Construction


American Institute of Architects3 LUs
3 hours

Energy Literacy & Building Loads Course

In this course, you will learn about how energy flows through buildings, what factors contribute to building loads, and how all these factors contribute to a building’s energy use. You will also learn how to produce heating and cooling load charts and conduct a conceptual energy analysis using Autodesk Revit.

Learning Objectives

  • Define heat transfer basics and how energy flows within buildings.
  • Use Autodesk Revit to complete a conceptual energy analysis and compare different design options.
  • Use Autodesk Revit to produce and interpret heating and cooling load charts.
  • Make informed decisions about how to reduce energy use through building envelope constructions.

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.

Through a case study example, fundamental theory, quizzes, software exercises, and software documentation, learn actionable conceptual energy analysis workflows for Revit. This course will better prepare architects and engineers to conduct and understand energy analysis and the associated results. With this information, you will be able to evaluate a building’s energy performance during the early design stages and offer improvements for how to achieve a more energy efficient building.

Topics covered include building programs, energy loads, building energy use, heat transfer, envelope thermal properties, and conceptual energy analysis for mass models. 

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.