4.401 | Fall 2018 | Undergraduate
Environmental Technologies in Buildings

Software and Bibliography


Throughout the course we will be using the following software packages:

  • Rhinoceros 5 or 6. Rhinoceros forms the CAD backbone of all environmental analysis tools that we will be using in this class. Students should therefore ideally have a working version of Rhino 5 or 6 installed on their laptops or workstations. You can install a 90-day demo version of Rhino 6 for free.
  • DIVA-for-Rhino. We will be using DIVA for assignments on solar radiation and daylighting and energy simulation. Students may request free licenses for their laptops from the DIVA-for-Rhino website.
  • Climate Consultant. Climate Consultant is an easy-to-use, graphic-based computer program for visualizing and interpreting annual climate files. The tool can be downloaded free-of-charge. (During class we will also be introducing MIT’s new CLIMA+ tool that has comparable functionality to Climate Consultant.)


Information required for completing the assignments will be provided through the lecture notes and selected online materials as well as the two-volume Daylighting Handbook, which can be purchased on Amazon:

 Reinhart, Christoph. Daylighting Handbook I. Building Technology Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780692203637.
 Reinhart, Christoph. Daylighting Handbook II. Building Technology Press, 2018. ISBN: 9780578407098.

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