Course at a Glance


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


American Institute of Architects4 LUs
4 hours

Wind & Airflow Strategies Course

In this course, you’ll study the basics of air movement and how air moves around your building as well as within your building. Using Flow Design, we’ll show you how to visualize airflow around your building and how this visualization can translate to useful design decisions.

Learning Objectives

  • Visualize how air flows around and within buildings.
  • Determine what types of natural ventilation are most applicable for your building.
  • Study the different strategies and best practices to implement different ventilation types for your building.
  • Use Flow Design to dynamically view the airflow around your building design.

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.

(Note that this course requires Flow Design, which is currently only available for free through the Student Download Center.)

Just like passive heating, passive cooling is an important strategy for achieving an energy efficient building. Harnessing wind and controlling airflow is a key element for utilizing passive cooling through natural ventilation.

Through a case study example, fundamental theory, quizzes, software exercises, and software documentation, you will learn when wind can be helpful for passive cooling, and when it is considered a nuisance. Furthermore, you’ll learn about strategies you can use to enable and enhance natural ventilation in your building.

Topics covered include building massing and orientation, wind power, natural ventilation, aperture sizing, wind and stack ventilation, Bernoulli’s principle, night purge ventilation, air cooling, indoor air quality, and exterior air flow and pressure patterns for building sites using Flow Design. 

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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.