- Climate & Site Analysis
- Climate Analysis
- Human Thermal Comfort
- Building Site and Program
- Passive Design Strategies
- Building Massing & Orientation
- Passive Heating
- Passive Cooling
- Lighting and Daylighting Design
- Green Building Materials
- Indoor Air Quality
- Bldg Science Resources
- Autodesk Insight Tools
- Exploring Insight
- Exploring Insight Factors
- Creating an Energy Model
- Basic workflow with conceptual models
- Workflow for schematic models
- Workflow for detailed models
- Comparing Scenarios in Insight
- Building Orientation in BIM
- Energy Loads in BIM
- Lighting Analysis in BIM
- Revit tools for BPA
- Energy Performance and Climate in BIM
- Sun Path Visualization in BIM
- Wind Analysis in BIM
- Solar Analysis in BIM
- Thermal properties in Revit and Insight
- Glazing Thermal Properties in Revit and Insight
- Envelope Thermal Properties in Revit and Insight
- Using Spaces in Revit
You can understand and quantify the amount of the sun’s energy on your site and building with solar load analysis (solar radiation analysis).
- Climate Analysis: Know what passive design strategies are best, and how much total radiation is on your site.
- Sun and shadow studies: Help you harness both energy and light because it tells you how the sun moves through the sky and what shades your site
- Energy Loads Analysis: Know where heat is being gained or lost, and when you need to heat and cool.
The workflow below will help you strategically use these analysis tools.
See this short case study from Henning Larsen Architects used solar radiation to improve the massing and orientation of a hotel and housing project in Denmark.
Before you can effectively use the radiation values reported in the software, it’s important to know what the numbers represent. See the Solar Radiation Metrics page.
Using Vasari and Revit, you can calculate incident solar radiation. Using Ecotect you can calculate absorbed and transmitted radiation, given the material properties assigned to your walls, roof, and windows.