AIA+2030 Online Series Course 3: Accentuate the Positive: Climate Responsive Design


Energy efficient design embraces the climate when beneficial, and minimizes unwanted environmental conditions. In this session, we’ll explore using climate data and site characteristics to conduct climate analyses, which we can use to inform building design and lower energy loads. This will set the stage for future courses that will address specific design strategies in more detail.

In this course we cover the key elements of climate analysis. We discuss climatic factors that affect both a building’s performance and occupant comfort. We also decipher the “mysterious” psychrometric chart, which allows us to consider both climate and comfort together. Finally, we explore ways in which climate affects design decisions about site and program, as well as where to look for hidden opportunities during this phase to increase efficiency.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why climate responsive design reduces the energy load of a building.
  • Explain the utility of tools such as wind roses, sun path diagrams, and climate data files to inform building design and energy usage.
  • Discuss the effects of climate analysis on site and program decisions and influence on energy usage and decisions.
  • List the site and climate factors that impact a building's performance.

In support of the AIA+2030 Commitment, the Hampton Roads Chapter of the AIA will be presenting the AIA+2030 Online Series. The series is made up of ten 1 hour video presentations to be followed by 30 minutes of moderated group discussion at the office of Hanbury, 120 Atlantic Street, Norfolk Va. The courses will be offered over a 4 month period. Attendees will receive 1.5 hours LU-HSW credits for each session.

The building sector is the single largest consumer of energy and producer of greenhouse gas emissions. The AIA 2030 Commitment provides an actionable framework for architects and designers to meet the 2030 Challenge goals of carbon neutral buildings by 2030. This series will inspire architects to meet the 2030 goals through design strategies, efficient technologies and systems, and renewable energy resources.

Anyone completing all courses in the AIA+2030 Online Series will receive a certificate acknowledging their completion of all courses in the program, in addition to the individual course certificates available upon completion of each course.

The AIA+2030 Online Series is an AIA and Architecture 2030 co-production, sponsored by Autodesk and delivered through AIAU.

It's based on the highly successful AIA+2030 Professional Series, which was created by AIA Seattle and Architecture 2030, with support from the City of Seattle and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Each session will be held from 4:00-5:30 with the last 30 minutes being a moderated discussion.
1.5 LU - HSW
Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members

September 19th - Course 1 - The 2030 Challenge: Goals and Design Process
October 3rd - Course 2 - The Power of Targets and Load Reduction
October 17th - Course 3 - Accentuate the Positive: Climate Responsive Design
October 30th - Course 4 - Building Skin: The importance of Thermal Design
November 14th - Course 5 - Employing Passive Systems for Load Reduction
November 28th - Course 6 - Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Design
December 12th - Course 7 - Rightsizing: Equipment and Controls for Super-Efficient Buildings
January 2nd - Course 8 - Site power: Renewable Energy Opportunities
January 16th - Course 9 - Staying in Shape: Commissioning, Operations, and Maintenance
January 30th - Course 10 - Putting it Together: Achieving 2030 Goals on the Project and in the Office

Course objectives can be reviewed at

Event Properties

Event Date 10-17-2018 4:00 pm
Event End Date 10-17-2018 5:30 pm
Registration Start Date 09-06-2018
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Cut off date 10-17-2018 12:00 pm
120 Atlantic St, Norfolk, VA 23510, USA

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price
AIA members $10.00
non-members $15.00
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