Center for Integrated Design

Integrated Design: Tools and Methods Course

Professional Education

The University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab (UW IDL) and Solarc Energy Group in partnership with Seattle City Light developed Integrated Design: Tools and Methods, a four-session series providing technical training on high performance design analysis. Intended for practitioners who understand high performance building concepts, the course focuses on applying quantitative assessment to meet energy performance goals. Participants learn metrics to assess design, common analysis tools, and techniques to model and interpret results.

Integrated Design: Tools and Methods complements the AIA Getting to Zero series, and provides commonly available design tools including Revit, EQuest, DIVA for Rhino and custom Excel spreadsheets for participants to learn and apply. AIA Continuing Education Credit is available to participants.

The pilot course includes the following parts:

Session 1. A Critical Path for Integrated Design
Critical principles and processes for integrating design and high performance analytics, introducing the qualitative and quantitative approaches critical to achieving high-performance designs.

Session 2. Energy Modeling to Support Integrated Design 
Addressing energy loads in an integrated design context by defining multiple levels and types of loads, outlining how to reduce and craft loads, and demonstrating how modeling can be used as a tool for analysis and high performance design.

Session 3. Daylighting and Electric Lighting 
The role of daylighting strategies in integrated design, such as programming daylight for visual tasks, analyzing and interpreting daylight potential using software tools, comparative analysis of daylight and shading systems, and calculating energy savings potential.

Session 4. Passive Systems and Renewables
Load thresholds and utilizing passive systems such as natural ventilation, passive cooling, and radiant heating and cooling. Participants will learn how to calculate efficiencies based on rules-of-thumb and climate conditions including defining load thresholds, target EUI based on generation capacity, sizing PV systems, including formal and informal calculation methods.

For more information of future roll-outs of this course, contact Heather Burpee at or 206.616.6566.