Creating a Solar Study

In Revit Architecture, you can create a solar study as either of the following:

You save solar study settings under a unique name so that you can view or modify the solar study at a later time.

To create a solar study

  1. In a project, open a 3D view.
  2. Customize the view as needed to enhance solar study analysis.

    For example, you can use SteeringWheels and ViewCube options to adjust the view. See Navigating Views.

  3. On the View Control Bar, for Model Graphics Style, select Hidden Line, Shading, or Shading with Edges.

    You cannot see shadows using the Wireframe style.

  4. Click View tabGraphics panel (Graphic Display Options).
  5. Under Sun and Shadows, for Sun Position, click .
  6. In the Sun and Shadows Settings dialog, click the Still, Single-Day, or Multi-Day tab to create the desired type of solar study:

    The tab displays the predefined sun and shadow settings. To create a new sun and shadow setting, click Duplicate to copy an existing setting. In the Name dialog, enter a descriptive name, and click OK.

  7. Specify settings for the solar study.
  8. In the Graphic Display Options dialog, under Sun and Shadows, do the following:
  9. Under Edges, for Silhouette style, select the type of lines to use if the model graphics style is Hidden Line or Shading with Edges.
  10. (Optional) Under Background, select Gradient background, and select the desired colors for the sky, horizon, and ground.
  11. To test the new sun and shadow settings, click Apply.
  12. When you are finished setting up the solar study, click OK.

Now you can preview a solar study animation, or export the solar study to one or more files. See Previewing a Solar Study Animation and Exporting a Solar Study.