Tortuga - a Global Warming Potential Evaluator for Grasshopper

Tortuga – a Global Warming Potential Evaluator for Grasshopper

Tortuga evaluates the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of your model. It provides a material editor which applies materials from the Ökobau.dat database to Grasshopper geometries. The database contains a huge variety of construction materials and processes including lifecycle and GWP data. Tortuga will display calculated GWP values and colorize the...
Life-Cycle Assessment with Revit and Tally for the Atlanta Falcons Stadium

Life-Cycle Assessment with Revit and Tally for the Atlanta Falcons Stadium

This is an interesting Autodesk University Class on life-cycle assessment via a BIM model from AU 2014 that went live a little while ago: AB6581: Flying High with Revit and Tally: Lifecycle Assessment for the Atlanta Falcons Stadium The new Atlanta Falcons stadium is a large, complex project that strives...
Flux Factory – Using Big Data to Improve the Built Environment

Flux Factory – Using Big Data to Improve the Built Environment

  The previous post was a little teaser, this post from one year ago presented the rumors, here is some more substantial background of what is being cooked at Flux: Not many people are cognizant of it, but the world of software has long taken cues from the field of...
SFU Carbon Talks Dialogue - 2 Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate

SFU Carbon Talks Dialogue – 2 Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate

Simon Fraser University Carbon Talks was hosting a dialogue with Cole Roberts, acclaimed author of “2 Degrees: The Built Environment and our Changing Climate” last month. Here is the video: Cole Roberts leads the energy and resource sustainability business in Arup’s San Francisco office. Cole’s experience ranges from climate positive...
Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy

Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy

In this intimate talk filmed at TED’s offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world’s dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening — like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks — but some require a bigger vision.
Saul Griffith on Energy Literacy - Green:Net 2011 Slides

Saul Griffith on Energy Literacy – Green:Net 2011 Slides

The slides below are from last years keynote for GigaOm green:net 2011 Saul Griffith is the Chief Scientist at Other Lab. He has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is the co-founder of numerous...
Symposium on Computation for Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism (Videos & Slides)

Symposium on Computation for Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism (Videos & Slides)

“The aim of the first symposium on computation for sustainable architecture and urbanism is to discuss information-based approaches that augment design processes and decisions towards sustainable buildings and cities. To increase the impact it is important to develop methods and strategies that go beyond mere imagery, to identify fields where...
Generative Thermal Optimisation

Generative Thermal Optimisation

This is a presentation explaining the basic process of generative design and thermal optimisation for filtering using Grasshopper, Genoform and Autodesk Vasari. Would be great if this kind of generative functionality would be built into Vasari itself.
High Performance Building: Performance by Design

High Performance Building: Performance by Design

Great film by Amory Lovins’ team at the Rocky Mouintain Institute: “High Performance by Integrative Design follows the first installment in the High Performance Building Series to provide an in-depth look at how the integrative design process happens. The film includes examples of how design teams collaborate in new ways...
Matt Ridley: When Ideas have Sex - The Collective Brain

Matt Ridley: When Ideas have Sex – The Collective Brain

At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.
Energy Literacy

Energy Literacy

A very informative presentation that helps to get a grip on the energy metrics: “If we are to make a big change in the way energy is produced and consumed we need an “Energy Literacy” that gives people a tangible sense of their energy consumption, and of what it takes...
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Webinar - The Bullitt Center: Meeting the Living Building Challenge

Webinar – The Bullitt Center: Meeting the Living Building Challenge

The Bullitt Center, a six-story heavy timber building recently completed in Seattle, is predicted to be the world’s most energy-efficient commercial building. It has been designed to last 250 years and to achieve the highest benchmark of building sustainability—Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification. A performance-based certification program, the LBC requires buildings to be evaluated after...

Cloud-based Energy Simulation Using EnergyPlus

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Tortuga - a Global Warming Potential Evaluator for Grasshopper

Tortuga – a Global Warming Potential Evaluator for Grasshopper

Tortuga evaluates the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of your model. It provides a material editor which applies materials from the Ökobau.dat database to Grasshopper geometries. The database contains a huge variety of construction materials and processes including lifecycle and GWP data. Tortuga will display calculated GWP values and colorize the geometry accordingly. It provides a...
Athena Impact Estimator Updated to Version 5.0 Build 01

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Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings,...

Climate Consultant 6.0 Beta Available

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Revision of TMY3 Weather Files

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Energy Simulation Plug-ins for Revit Review by LMN Tech Studio

With our continued efforts in enhancing sustainability in all our projects, we have been looking into early-design daylight and energy analysis. Since LMN loves Revit, we tested 3 energy simulation plug-ins available for Revit: IES-VE, Design Builder and Sefaira. IES and Design Builder are 2 standalone energy simulation software famous among energy modelers and MEP...

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TED Talk: Dave Troy - Social Maps that Reveal a City's Intersections and Separations

TED Talk: Dave Troy – Social Maps that Reveal a City’s Intersections and Separations

Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has been visualizing what the tweets of city dwellers reveal about who...
Life-Cycle Assessment with Revit and Tally for the Atlanta Falcons Stadium

Life-Cycle Assessment with Revit and Tally for the Atlanta Falcons Stadium

This is an interesting Autodesk University Class on life-cycle assessment via a BIM model from AU 2014 that went live a little while ago: AB6581: Flying High with Revit and Tally: Lifecycle Assessment for the Atlanta Falcons Stadium The new Atlanta Falcons stadium is a large, complex project that strives to push sustainability forward in...