Course at a Glance


Students and professionals who are interested in learning about how to utilize the sun as a passive design strategy.

Building Design and Construction


American Institute of Architects4 LUs
4 hours

Solar Measurements & Strategies Course

In this course you’ll study how the sun will move across your site and how shadows will be cast on your site. You will also study shading devices as appropriate to your building. In Autodesk Revit, you will conduct a solar study that can inform site, massing, orientation, and shading.

Learning Objectives

  • Study the movement and position of the sun through seasons and time of day.
  • Utilize your building massing and orientation to impact your building’s solar access.
  • Become familiar with the varying types of shading devices and when to use them.
  • Use Autodesk Revit to conduct a solar study for your site and building.


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.