Passive Solar Design, Daylighting and Simulations for Green Buildings

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Interventions in enhancing daylighting at the design stage of buildings will have significant benefits in their overall life-cycle costs. It is therefore important for a good daylighting strategy to frame simple and effective guidelines for building form, orientation, fenestrations and glass selection.

The course on Passive Solar Design, Daylighting and Simulations for Green Buildings is an interactive and application-oriented programme that will cover the fundamental concepts of solar geometry, and shading strategies using quick calculations and rules of thumb. Moreover, participants will be introduced to software tools which will further strengthen the concepts of passive solar design. The participants will work on exercises using custom worksheets, physical models and software tools switching between the pen-paper media and the computer. The course will have a rigorous mix of theory and practica, along with the introduction of fresh perspectives using new software tools.

This program is being supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Course Objective:
By the end of this course, participants will be able to conduct a complete daylight assessment for simple building forms.

Key take-aways:

  1. Grasp of theoretical concepts of solar geometry
  2. Understanding of the impact of shading devices on daylighting
  3. Optimizing shading elements
  4. Awareness of different daylighting techniques.
  5. Framing queries and developing the methodology for analysis