Center for Integrated Design

June 14, 2017

UW IDL and Solarc Energy Group Launch New Technical Training Series for High Performance Design Assessment

Integrated Design: Tools and Methods – Register Now

In August – October 2017, the University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab (UW IDL) and Solarc Energy Group in partnership with Seattle City Light will deliver 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 new course will focus on applying quantitative assessment to meet energy performance goals. Participants will 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 will provide 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 course will be held at the Smart Building Center in Seattle, WA in the following parts:

Session 1. A Critical Path for Integrated Design – August 3, 2017 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
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 – August 31, 2017 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
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 – September 28, 2017 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
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 – October 12, 2017 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
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.

Interested participants can register here. For more information, contact Heather Burpee at or 206.616.6566.