Teaching Tools


The NEAT Lab is proud to offer a widening range of educational resources, including in-house software, specialized building design and analysis equipment, and other academic services.



Since 2004, the NEAT Lab has developed a number of advanced, interactive Microsoft Excel™ spreadsheet-based software applications to aid in the design and analysis of passive solar heating and cooling applications.



Design and Analysis Equipment

The NEAT Lab maintains a selection of both design and building-analysis equipment to aid in the exploration and research of building energy performance. Lab equipment such as an Infrared (IR) Camera, Psychrometers, Multimeters, Air Velocity Meters, and Soundmeters are used for educational, experimental, as well as building monitoring and diagnostic purposes. The lab also house a heliodon with photo and video recording capabilities for student and faculty use on a scheduled basis.



Offered Services

While the NEAT Lab specializes in the research and development of regionally-appropriate passive solar design solutions, its staff is well qualified to offer a wide range of services in any of the following arenas of environmental control systems:


• General environmental design process

• Environmental resources

• Site analysis / climate data analysis

• Thermal comfort and design strategies

• Indoor environmental quality

• Solar geometry

• Design of appropriate shading devices

• Solar radiation

• Heat transfer

• Passive solar heating and cooling strategies

• HVAC basics

• Daylighting and/or artificial lighting

• Regionally-appropriate lighting design

• Fundamentals of architectural acoustics

• Water supply basics / water efficiency

• Rainwater / graywater recycling

• Liquid and solid waste management

• Building and material life-cycle assessment







Passive Solar Heating Strategies

Below are a series of links to a number of interactive slide shows designed to give viewers a fundamental introduction to various passive solar heating strategies. In addition, due to their unique nature, the cooling modes of the two basic roofpond applications are also described.


  Direct Gain
  Roofpond, Southwest
  Roofpond,  North