March 25, 2015

Solar Analysis (Insolation) on Revit Building Elements Such as Roofs and Walls

Using the example of a historic building, in a few minutes, the Revit Solar Analysis add-in, will let you display color coded ranges of insolation values. Since the software takes into account adjacent buildings or planting, you can use this to establish optimum location for solar panels.

The add-in is available from Autodesk Labs

The add-in runs in Revit 2014 and 2015. It is located under the Analyze tab. 

All settings are in one simple dialog box.

Output is customizable and can be in the form of analysis overlays on the model or values can be output to a CSV file (Spreadsheet).

Jim Cowan
Ideate AEC Senior Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought after university curriculum developer, instructor and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at University of Manitoba, Jim has special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices). YouTube Channel: MrJimCowan

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