Designing with the Sun using Computational Tools

Form Follows Performance

‘A house is a machine for Living in’     Le Corbusier

Buildings, specially the ones we use today can be construed as complicated machines. Optimizing their performance can ensure enhanced comfort for the inhabitants and reduce life cycle cost. Environmental Performance analysis and optimization can be applied in:

  1. Reducing Energy Loads and thus reducing annual energy cost and capital cost for HVAC systems

  2. Ensuring thermal comfort and air quality.

  3. Ensuring visual comfort and overall well being by designing for adequate Daylight and View to the outside.

This course is a brief introduction to the field of Computational Environmental Analysis. The course aims to teach the participants the basic concepts of environmental analysis using Do and Learn method. 

Learners would be taught to extract data from the climate file, and visualize and conceptualize the movement of the sun and perform radiation analysis. The participants would also be able to design parametric form and facades of buildings and find out optimized solutions leveraging radiation data.


  • Recorded & Self-Paced

    This course allows you to access recordings of the live lecture and learn it at your pace and your time from the recordings.

  • Easy Templates

    Get templates and settings to help you compute with ease

  • Site and Design specific

    In this course you learn the basics; use and apply this knowledge on YOUR design.

Know your Mentor

Anurag Biswas

Lead Instructor

Anurag has done Masters in Building Engineering and Management from SPA Delhi and Bachelors in Architecture from IIEST Shibpur. His core competency lies in the use of Advanced Computational Technologies in designing Sustainable Built Environment. He is working at the intersections between Design, Data, and Sustainability. He has expertise in the field of design optimization, energy, and daylight analysis. He has been involved in various R&D projects in the field of environmental analysis and building performance. As a Green Building Consultant in Environmental Design Solutions, he has worked in many prestigious projects like Qatar Museum, Altmeyer Renovation Project, IIT Kanpur, etc. He is the computational design developer at Ramboll.

Join this Course

If you are any of these personas.

  • Students of Architecture (3rd Year and above) who want to design energy efficient Forms and Facades

  • Young architects who want to add computational environmental analysis in their design workflow

  • Students pursuing Masters in Sustainable Architecture

  • Faculty curious about new computational technologies

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Instructions for this course

    • Hello!

    • Course Overview and Introduction

    • Introduction to ACEDGE interface

  • 2

    Software and Plug-in Installation

    • Software and Plug-ins Installation

    • GH Plugins + Softwares

  • 3

    Grasshopper and Computational Methods

    • Introduction to Rhino

    • Introduction to Grasshopper

    • Intro to Ladybug and Honeybee

  • 4

    Live Session Day 1

    • Live Session Day 1

    • Assignment 1- Shoebox

  • 5

    Designing with the Sun

    • Weather Data

    • Thermal Comfort

    • Sunpath and Shading

  • 6

    Live Session Day 2

    • Live Session Day 2

    • Assignment 2

  • 7

    Live Session Day 3

    • Live Session Day 3

    • Assignment 3: Solar Shading

  • 8

    Radiation analysis and Parametric Optimization

    • Radiation Analysis

    • Parametric Optimisation

  • 9

    Live Session Day 4

    • Live Session Day 4

  • 10

    Live Session Day 5

    • Live Session Day 5

  • 11

    Final Capstone Project

    • Assignment 4: Final Capstone Project

  • 12

    Live Sessions Feb -Mar 2020

    • Day 1: Live Session 1

    • Day 2: Live Session 2

    • Day 3: Live Session 3

    • Day 3: Live Session 4

    • Day 4: Live Session 5

    • Day 4: Live Session 6

    • Assignment 2

  • 13

    Next Steps...

    • More resources for you

    • Quick Survey

Approach and Outcome


Software Date Day Time
Introduction to Computational Tools 4th April Saturday 11am-1pm
Designing with Sun 5th April Sunday 11am-1pm
Radiation Analysis and Parametric Optimization 11th Apr Saturday 4:30pm-5:30 pm
Radiation Analysis and Doubt Clearing Session 12th April Sunday 11am-12pm
Live Doubt Clearing Session 18th April Saturday 11am-1pm

Aims and Objectives for the course

The course aims to be a beginner’s level course on Computational Building Performance. Learn the basics of designing with Sun and use computational tools to optimize their design decisions.

Framework of the course

The course aims to teach the basics of environmental analysis and how to incorporate them in their design workflow. The idea is to enable participants with tools with which they can take data-driven and informed design decisions for an energy efficient and High Performance Built Environment.


Methodology followed 

 The course uses Ladybug Tools (an environmental analysis plug-in for Grasshopper) for visualizing climate data and environmental analysis. The participants would be guided through parametric form-finding  to arrive at optimized form using environmental analysis data.


  • Do I need to buy software to attend the course?

    You can get trial for Rhino for 90 days. All other plug-ins and software used in the course are open-source and free of cost.

  • Do I need to learn Grasshopper before the course?

    Knowledge of grasshopper is preferred but not mandatory.

  • If I cant attend live sessions how will I get answers to my queries?

    We have an elaborate discussion board where you can type/upload your queries and Ar Anurag will respond to them as soon as he can.