Software and Bibliography

Software

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.)

Bibliography

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:

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