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An Introduction to Passive Solar Buildings

COURSE NO: M02-020
An Introduction to Passive Solar Buildings
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides guidance on passive solar technology for heating buildings. It discusses basic passive solar heating systems for buildings including direct gain heating, daylighting, radiant panels, thermosiphoning air panels, thermal storage walls, sunspaces, and incremental cooling load.  It describes climatic considerations including characteristic weather parameters, climate-driven conservation measures, and solar availability to determine feasibility of cost-effective passive solar systems at specific project sites. It presents guidelines for schematic design of passive solar building heating systems including building shape and orientation, non-south windows, passive heating system characteristics, sizing overhangs, insulation levels, infiltration, solar collection areas, and thermal storage mass.


Passive solar energy is one of the most efficient forms of energy in the world.  Not only does it reduce the cost of energy for your company, agency or clients, it reduces the demand on limited global energy supplies and avoids carbon emissions and other global environmental impacts associated with energy production and utilization.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and architectural engineers who are involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of solar passive buildings and related infrastructure.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learn about direct gain heating systems
  • Learn about radiant panel systems
  • Learn about thermosiphoning air panel systems
  • Learn about thermal storage walls
  • Learn about sunspaces
  • Learn about characteristic weather parameters
  • Learn about climate and conservation measures
  • Learn about solar availability
  • Learn about guidelines for schematic design
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled: "An Introduction to Passive Solar Buildings".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Introduction to Passive Solar Buildings (3.6 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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