Passive Solar Design, Daylighting and Simulations for Green Buildings

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Passive Solar Design, Daylighting and Simulations for Green Buildings


24 – 25 April, 2014
Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore

Course Snapshot

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.


Deepa ParekhPassionate about creating a sustainable built environment, Deepa brings international work experience along with interdisciplinary educational background. She graduated with a Master of Building Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles in 2010, and Bachelor of Architecture from the Institute of Environmental Design in Vallabh Vidyanagar in 2006.

Deepa has worked on a number of projects in the US and in India with a focus on bridging the gap between architectural design and technology. Her work includes research and analysis of active and passive design concepts, building energy simulations, conducting educational workshops and facilitating green building certifications.

Deepa has been actively engaged in the academics for the past 5 years teaching design and technical courses to graduate and under-graduate students. Always emphasising on the integration of building physics and design, she is currently teaching graduate students at the Rachana Sansad Institute of Environmental Architecture in Mumbai.

Key Takeaways

By the end of the course, the participants will have:

  • Grasp of theoretical concepts of solar geometry
  • Understanding of the impact of shading devices on daylighting
  • Optimizing shading elements
  • Awareness of different daylighting techniques.
  • Framing queries and developing the methodology for analysis
Course Fee

Students – INR 3,000