Climate Responsive Design Tool

The Climate Responsive Design Tool project helps design professionals quickly answer feasibility questions for energy efficient design strategies on a project-specific basis. It provides unique visualizations that synthesize climate data with use patterns and architectural and passive system design for natural ventilation, night ventilation of mass, evaporative cooling, solar heating, and daylighting.

The tool educates design teams on how to interpret relevant climate data and make connections to climate-appropriate strategies. The tool can also be used to encourage owners to make an early commitment to passive low energy design and the integrated design process by illustrating the feasibility of energy saving strategies.

This tool was developed in collaboration with the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab. The webtool can be found here. Inquiries about printed compilations of the plots can be made to ESBL. The project is described in: K. Van Den Wymelenberg, E. Djuneady, G.Z. Brown, and J. Kline, “A Climate Responsive Design Tool to Promote Passive and Low Energy Design”, Proceedings of the 38th ASES National Solar Conference 2009, American Solar Energy Society, 2009, pp. 4552-58.

This tool was developed in part with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by the EPA. The views expressed are solely those of the authors, and the EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned.