Cooling Buildings Thoughtfully

Learn the principles of passive cooling design and use it as a teaching tool.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (246 ratings)
7,709 students
Cooling Buildings Thoughtfully
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (246 ratings)
7,709 students
Clarity in building science fundamentals
Use technical terms with confidence
Understand the parameters that reduce cooling demand
Teach students the fundamentals to design passive buildings
Use creative teaching techniques to explain fundamentals of passive building design
Showcase different options to apply theory in building design process
Utilize tools such as psychrometric charts to explain building heat transfer fundamentals


  • No prior knowledge or experience is required to take this course. You certainly need to be inspired to teach !

Designing buildings that reduce the need for active cooling is a key concept of energy efficiency. Clarity of the fundamentals of passive design and how to apply the theoretical principles in design resulting in creative solutions to thoughtfully cool the buildings is crucial knowledge. We believe that all architects should know how to design such buildings and all faculty teaching architecture should know how to teach students to design such buildings.

The 'Cooling Buildings Thoughtfully' course is designed for faculty of architecture to provide the tools and techniques for equipping future architects with the knowledge and competence to design buildings that reduce the demand for cooling. The focus of the course is to show various creative methods of practical application of technical concepts in architecture design.

The course contains 16 hours of content with over 20 lectures and 4 videos. While the course is self paced, we recommend that you go through each lecture sequentially. At the end of each lecture there is short quiz which will help you assess your understanding of the topic. Handouts have been provided on the 'lecture description' that can be downloaded to do the hands-on exercises. If you do not have a reliable internet connection, you could also download the presentations, video and additional resources to read it offline.

Is this the right course for you ?

  • If you have been trying to integrate theory and design - this is the right course for you !
  • If you want to see students come up with creative solutions using passive design principles - this course will help you get there !
  • If you have been looking for ideas to teach this seemingly complex and technical topic to students in an interesting and interactive way, you need to get started with this course right away !

By taking this course, you will be able to successfully demystify the concepts to students so they understand the design manifestation of the theory. This entire course can be used as a teaching tool. By completing this course, you have completed the first step in this process of successfully teaching building science fundamentals. The face to face training program that will follow this module will be next step in experimenting with application of theory using creative teaching techniques and tools.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is meant for architecture professors teaching sustainability and energy efficient design. If you are looking for teaching tools that communicate the technical concepts in an easy to understand language, this is the right course for you. If you want your students to have the knowledge to design buildings with low cooling demand, you should take this course.
Course content
6 sections • 22 lectures • 8h 43m total length
  • Introduction
    9 pages
  • Heat
    33 pages
  • Heat
    5 questions
  • Fundamentals of heat transfer
    36 pages
  • Fundamentals of heat transfer
    5 questions
  • Building heat transfer
    45 pages
  • Building heat transfer
    4 questions
  • Material properties - I
    27 pages
  • Material Properties - I
    4 questions
  • Materials properties - II
    23 pages
  • Material Properties - II
    4 questions
  • Glass
    15 pages
  • Glass
    4 questions
  • Psychrometrics: Introduction
    11 pages
  • Psychrometric tutorial 1
  • Psychrometric tutorial 2
  • Psychrometric tutorial 3
  • Psychrometric : Exercise 1
    3 pages
  • Psychrometric tutorial 4
  • Psychrometric : Exercise 2
    4 pages
  • Climate analysis
    38 pages
  • Thermal comfort-1
    54 pages
  • Thermal comfort - 2
    16 pages
  • Thermal comfort
    5 questions
  • Passive building design
    57 pages
  • Passive building design
    5 questions
  • Sun path diagrams
    76 pages
  • Exercise - Sun Path
    5 pages
  • Shadow mask
    25 pages
  • Shading devices
    39 pages
  • Solar geometry
    4 questions

Senior Project Manager - Education @ EDS Pvt Ltd.
Deepa Parekh
  • 4.2 Instructor Rating
  • 246 Reviews
  • 9,936 Students
  • 2 Courses

Passionate about creating a sustainable built environment, Deepa brings international work experience along with interdisciplinary educational background. She graduated with a Master of Building Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Institute of Environmental Design, India. Deepa is a Registered Architect with the Indian Council of Architecture, a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE).

Over six years, Deepa has worked on number of projects in the US and India with a focus on bridging the gap between building design and technology. At EDS Pvt Ltd, she works on projects dealing with daylight assessment, building energy simulations, technical analysis for performance based design, conducting professional training programs, developing instructional content and facilitating green building certifications. Deepa has been instrumental in launching the EDS CPD (Continuous Professional Development) initiative. She is also the lead faculty for many professional courses and plays an active role in developing instructional content and assessment materials.

  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 246 Reviews
  • 7,709 Students
  • 1 Course