CAD and BIM for Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design


Welcome to the CAD and BIM for Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design corporate training program. As the world continues to focus on environmental sustainability, the construction and design industry plays a critical role in shaping a greener future. This comprehensive training aims to equip industry professionals with the knowledge and skills to leverage CAD and BIM technologies for creating energy-efficient and environmentally conscious designs. Through this program, you will explore cutting-edge strategies, tools, and techniques that empower you to drive positive change in your projects.


10 days

Who Should Attend

Architects, engineers, construction professionals, project managers, and anyone involved in the built environment industry.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Equip industry professionals with advanced knowledge of energy-efficient design principles and sustainable construction practices.
  • Develop skills in using CAD and BIM tools to optimize building energy performance.
  • Enable participants to evaluate, select, and integrate renewable energy technologies effectively.
  • Foster the ability to analyze and improve building envelope efficiency.
  • Provide insights into water efficiency, materials selection, and life cycle assessment.
  • Understand the significance of green building certifications and stay updated on industry trends.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design

  • Introduction to the course and its importance in the current industry landscape.
  • Overview of energy efficiency and sustainable design principles.
  • Discussion on the environmental and economic benefits of energy-efficient buildings.
  • Exploring global trends and regulations related to sustainable construction.

Module 2: Fundamentals of Building Energy Analysis

  • Understanding energy consumption in buildings.
  • Introduction to energy audits and assessments.
  • Tools and software used for building energy analysis (e.g., EnergyPlus, DesignBuilder).
  • Hands-on exercises in conducting basic energy simulations.

Module 3: Passive Design Strategies for Energy Efficiency

  • Principles of passive design: orientation, shading, insulation, thermal mass, natural ventilation, daylighting, etc.
  • Case studies highlighting successful passive design implementations.
  • Workshop on optimizing building orientation and envelope design for energy savings.

Module 4: HVAC Systems and Energy Efficiency

  • Overview of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
  • Energy-efficient HVAC technologies: geothermal, radiant heating/cooling, variable refrigerant flow (VRF), etc.
  • Sizing and selection of HVAC systems based on building requirements.
  • Simulation exercises to compare the energy performance of different HVAC options.

Module 5: Renewable Energy Integration

  • Introduction to renewable energy sources: solar, wind, biomass, etc.
  • Assessing the feasibility of integrating renewable energy systems.
  • Design considerations for rooftop solar panels, wind turbines, and solar water heaters.
  • Hands-on session on incorporating renewable energy in building design.

Module 6: Building Envelope and Insulation Strategies

  • In-depth exploration of advanced insulation materials and techniques.
  • High-performance windows and doors: selection and placement.
  • Case studies showcasing the impact of an effective building envelope.
  • Workshop on calculating U-values and R-values for different materials.

Module 7: Water Efficiency and Sustainable Landscaping

  • Strategies for reducing water consumption in buildings.
  • Introduction to graywater recycling and rainwater harvesting systems.
  • Sustainable landscaping principles and their contribution to energy efficiency.
  • Designing water-efficient outdoor spaces: practical exercises.

Module 8: Life Cycle Assessment and Materials Selection

  • Understanding life cycle assessment (LCA) for evaluating environmental impact.
  • Importance of sustainable material selection in construction.
  • Exploring eco-friendly construction materials and their benefits.
  • Analyzing the life cycle of a building material.

Module 9: Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Energy Efficiency

  • Introduction to BIM and its role in energy-efficient design.
  • Utilizing BIM tools (e.g., Revit, ArchiCAD) for energy analysis.
  • Creating parametric models to assess design variations.
  • Collaborative BIM workflows to enhance sustainable design outcomes.

Module 10: Green Building Certifications and Future Trends

  • Overview of major green building certifications (LEED, BREEAM, etc.).
  • Navigating the certification process and documentation requirements.
  • Emerging trends in energy-efficient and sustainable design.

Enroll for this Course

We are proud to offer this course in a variety of training formats to suit your needs.


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Benefits of Taking a Course at IRES


Our courses are carefully curated to keep you abreast of latest industry trends, technological advancements, and best practices. We employ a variety of teaching methodologies, including hands-on workshops, case studies, and interactive sessions, all aimed at fostering an engaging and effective learning environment. Our expert instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience, providing our clients with insights that can be immediately applied in their professional lives.


Our courses serve as a vibrant platform for professionals to connect and engage with a diverse community of peers, industry leaders, and experts. By participating in our programs, you gain access to an invaluable network that spans across various sectors and geographical boundaries. This networking aspect is not just about forming professional relationships; it's about creating a supportive ecosystem where ideas, opportunities, and collaborations can flourish.


Our courses are designed to challenge and inspire professionals to step out of their comfort zones and explore new horizons. Through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application, our programs help professionals refine their existing skills and acquire new ones, making them more versatile and competitive.

FAQs & Course Administration Details:

This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location. For further inquiries, please contact us on Phone: +254 715 077 817 or Email: [email protected].
The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields. All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).
Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course. Send proof of payment to [email protected].
Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer. Email: [email protected] Phone: +254 715 077 817.