BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum

Exercise 3.5.1: Analyzing the Daylighting Provided in a Design

In this exercise, students will learn how to:

  • Use the Autodesk®  Ecotect®  Analysis grid to calculate the daylighting levels at various locations within a design.
  • Set daylighting analysis assumptions to create an accurate estimate.
  • Compare different types of lighting level analyses and the information they provide.
Figure 3.5.1 - Autodesk Ecotect Analysis surface model of school library building

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Student Exercise

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Revit, Autodesk Ecotect Analysis 2011
  • Use the Ecotect Analysis grid tool to perform an analysis to estimate the daylighting factors (as a percentage) provided at various locations on the balcony level of the library.
  • Repeat the analysis to estimate the daylighting level (in footcandles) provided at the balcony level.
  • Identify especially dark and bright locations to be improved through design measures in the next exercise.


Figure 3.5.2 - Autodesk Ecotect Analysis grid showing daylighting values at loft level in school library orientations

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