AIA+2030 Online Series Course 5: Employing Passive Systems for Load Reduction

Learn how passive systems can reduce loads and work with other systems for more efficiency.


Properly designed, a building captures existing site resources such as light, wind, and solar radiation to provide for the comfort and needs of occupants. Passive systems work in concert with site resources to manage building energy demand through design.  This session will build upon the concepts introduced in Courses 3 and 4 and explore a holistic strategy for designing passive systems. 

The AIA+2030 Online Series is an AIA and Architecture 2030 co-production, sponsored by Autodesk and delivered through AIAU.

It's based on the highly successful AIA+2030 Professional Series, which was created by AIA Seattle and Architecture 2030, with support from the City of Seattle and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Define passive systems and identify specific elements of a passive design;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of various passive strategies based on available site resources
  • Determine the most successful strategies for a given site

This course is part of a series

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