Passive Solar Design Series - Understanding Sun

First step to designing passive solar buildings

What you will learn:

  1. Recall fundamentals

  2. Understand solar geometry

  3. Use a sun-path diagram

  4. Realize application of a sun path diagram


This is a beginner level course focused on green building design strategies. You do not need any prior experience or knowledge about green buildings. Being familiar with the building construction industry or studying architecture will be helpful.


This course is approved for 1 GBCI CE hour.

Passive solar design is a fundamental approach to designing buildings that are sustainable. Climate and solar responsive strategies are inherent to passive buildings. Such strategies meet the heating and cooling requirements of buildings by harnessing natural resources. This further reduces the energy required for heating and cooling buildings using mechanical equipment.

This ‘Passive Solar Design Series’ have been developed to cover all aspects of climate responsive design. The first course in this series will get you started with solar geometry and showcase application in design. Sun path diagram is a powerful design tool that can be used to determine building form, shading devices and other strategies during schematic design stages.

This course intends to refresh the fundamentals and show potential application in real world design process. At the end of the course, you will be inspired and walk away with ideas on integrating the principles in your design process.

Who is this course for:

  1. If you are associated with the building industry either on the design side or the construction side, this course is relevant for you.

  2. If you have been intrigued about green buildings, but wanted to learn the fundamentals, you can consider this as a foundation course

  3. If you are currently studying architecture, and interested in sustainability, this course is a primer for you.

  4. If you are an architect and want to design green buildings, this course is just for you !

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