Building Envelope Optimization in OpenStudio

[ Self-paced ]

An online certificate program to learn building envelope optimization for early design stage analysis using OpenStudio

In this self-paced course, you will learn the techniques, framework, and fundamentals for optimizing form, orientation, shading, glazing and envelope materials using OpenStudio. This approach is best applied during during early design or concept stage of the building design process.

Fee: INR 7500 [USD 125]


  1. Understand the impact of form, orientation, WWR, shading and material selection on building energy use

  2. Compare design options for performance

  3. Create response curve using simulation results

  4. Arrive at a set of best design recommendations

  5. Know which design strategy works and why

  6. Confidently use technical data to support your design

  7. Get hands-on experience on OpenStudio/SketchUp modelling platform

  8. Learn the workflow that is ideal for early design stage

Prerequisite: Basic working knowledge of Sketchup, familiarity with reading 2D drawings is expected.




  • Professionals involved with building design process

  • Architects, Engineers, Energy modelers & Green Building Consultants

  • Students of Architecture, HVAC engineering or related disciplines [final year]

  • Faculty teaching Architecture or related disciplines


  • Self-paced videos covering key topics

  • Weekly assignments to apply the concepts


  • Copy of all training materials

  • Discussion on assignments

  • Certificate on completing the course

  • Network with peer group

What Are Our Participants Saying

"It feels like I've developed a new super power in analysing the building energy performance and this was possible because of the brilliant delivery of the entire course by seasoned experts with seamless workflow, case study examples and immaculate support in each and every step of design optimization. It made me realise that as an Architect you can make so much impact by analysing passive design measures in developing energy efficiency solution for the building, if you can adopt the workflow of optimization from early design stage in your practice"

-Jiyan Pattharwala

"As a participant of the program "Early Design Optimization using OpenStudio" I found it to be a compilation of systematized, well-curated course content. It covered basic concepts and steps to optimize design in the early design stage with a lot of handholding with the software- from installation to getting the basics clear and additional supporting instructional videos to dedicated topics. assignments. As an addition, the course also gave us an opportunity to connect with like-minded participants."

-Priya Nikil Mohan