DIVA Day 2015 Training Course Schedule

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DIVA Training

This year, as part of DIVA Day, we are offering a series of half-day workshops to teach daylight and energy simulations in DIVA-Rhino and DIVA-Grasshopper to new and advanced users. For example, if you have not done any daylight simulations in the past and you are unfamiliar with Rhino, the Introduction to Daylight Simulations in DIVA (Rhino-based) might be good for you. If you have some experience in daylight simulations but you are unfamiliar with parametric modeling in Grasshopper, the Introduction to Parametric Daylighting and Energy Simulations in DIVA (Grasshopper-based) may be your first choice for the morning. The two afternoon session allow you to either dig deeper into how to model advanced, dynamic facades in DIVA or how to build more complicated parametric models in Grasshopper. Saturday’s session in HDR Photography will be an excellent introduction or refresher in HDR Photography and Image-based analysis. When in doubt regarding what classes to pick, please contact Kera Lagios at kera@solemma.net.


Laptop and software requirements

Participants should come prepared with laptops and the required software installed before class begins. 

Rhino 5.0 with Service Releases (90 day trial download available here).

DIVA-for-Rhino 3.0 (30 day trial download available here).

Grasshopper for Rhino 5.0 (if taking the Grasshopper-based courses) (download available here). 

Course Pricing

1 course



2 courses


$300 (save $100!)

HDR  Course



*Note course pricing does not include registration for DIVA Day.

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Course Schedule

Oct 22

9am- noon

101 Introduction to Daylight Simulation in DIVA

Level: No skills required.

Instructor: Christoph Reinhart

This course is specifically geared towards helping designers and sustainability consultants to learn the basic theory underlying daylight simulations and how to integrate such simulations within their practice. This is a hands-on class in which participants will learn how to conduct a series of simulation exercises on their Windows laptops using the DIVA for Rhino plug-in for Radiance and Daysim. These exercises include:

- Point in time visualization in Radiance

- Daylight Factor and illuminance distribution for LEED v3 compliance

- Radiation Maps

- Spatial Daylight Autonomy and Annual Solar Exposure calculation for LEED v4 compliance  



201 Introduction to Parametric Daylighting and Energy Simulations in DIVA

Level: Basic knowledge of daylight simulations. No previous Grasshopper knowledge required.

Instructor: Jeff Niemasz


This course introduces designers to DIVA simulations using Grasshopper, a visual scripting plug in for Rhino. Through guided hands-on exercises, participants will learn the basics skills and strategies for developing parametric daylight and energy models.


Oct 22

1- 4pm

102 Dynamic Facades in DIVA

Level: Basic knowledge of daylight simulations based on morning session or equivalent. No Grasshopper skills required.

Instructors: Alstan Jakubiec and Kera Lagios


In this course attendees will learn how to use the shading, lighting, and annual glare modules in DIVA, separately and in concert, to perform annual daylighting analysis.  At the end of the session, attendees will be able to:


- Generate shading and lighting schedules.

- Run point-in-time and annual visual comfort and glare simulations

- Incorporate dynamic controls into a cohesive annual daylighting performance analysis


Participants should be familiar with Rhino and DIVA, or have taken the morning session "Introduction to Daylight Simulation in DIVA" with Christoph.


202 Advanced Parametric Simulation Concepts in DIVA

Level: Basic knowledge of daylight and energy simulations. Basic Grasshopper skills based on morning session or otherwise.

Instructors: Timur Dogan and Jon Sargent


This course covers advanced concepts in parametric daylighting and energy analysis.  Using new release components in Grasshopper, participants will learn to:

- Construct and manipulate multi-zone energy models.

- Control shading and lighting schedules using Radiance-based methods.

- Parameterize model geometry, materials, and building controls.

- Launch parametric analyses and harvest simulation results.
- Complete LEED compliance for a whole building

- Design and simulate photovoltaics


Come equipped and ready to (visually) script!


Oct 24


HDR Photography and Image Analysis in London
Level: No skills required*

Instructor: Alstan Jakubiec

In this course, participants will calibrate their own cameras to capture high-dynamic-range (HDR) photos. Such images are the equivalent of rendered luminance images using DIVA/Radiance. We will learn to use such images for recording lighting qualities in real spaces and performing visual comfort analysis. After an introductory lesson, we will have the opportunity to record lighting values around the course venue and in London.

*Note: Participants need to bring their own camera with a manual function for this workshop. A tripod is recommended, although we will provide some for the course. 



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