Building Design Features

This video tutorial demonstrates how to use different design features related to the impact of sun, lighting, and shadows on a building design using Autodesk Revit Architect and Green Building Studio. The video shows techniques for: casting accurate shadows in Revit; using design features to optimize lighting; investigating energy savings in Green Building Studio.

Designing Architectural Shading Features

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Use Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software to evaluate the impact of sun and shadows on a building design.
  • Design and evaluate architectural features to optimize the use of sunlight throughout the year.
  • Estimate potential energy savings of proposed design features using Green Building Studio.

Student Exercise

  • For the given BIM model of a typical classroom layout, explore roof overhang and shading design options to optimize the use of sunlight throughout the year—allowing sunlight to warm the room during the winter, but blocking the sunlight during the warm summer months. For this analysis, assume the classroom is located in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Export your proposed new design as a gbXML file for analysis in Green Building Studio. Analyze the energy used by your new design and compare the results to the estimate for the earlier version of building (analyzed in exercise 3.1.1.).

BIM Curriculum

Learn how to fluidly design, communicate, analyze and plan using BIM models in an IPD framework. Use Autodesk Revit 2014 to access the functionality of all the Revit disciplines in one interface.  

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Sustainability Workshop

Learn the principles of designing a net-zero energy building and simulate your work digitally to evaluate its economic and ecological viability.

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