Google to Join the BIM Arena?

Google to Join the BIM Arena?

This is definitely something to watch (See links below). If Google’s data driven approach could be applied to the AEC industry this would be a game changer for BIM and Performative Design practitioners. Google’s serious interest in the quality of their own built environment lends these rumors even more credibility. Google...
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.
DIVA-for-Rhino Version 2.0 Released

DIVA-for-Rhino Version 2.0 Released

DIVA-for-Rhino is a highly optimized daylighting and energy modeling plug-in for the Rhinoceros – Nurbs modeler. The plug-in was initially developed at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and is now distributed and developed by Solemma LLC. DIVA-for-Rhino allows users to carry out a series of environmental performance...
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...
Parametric Painting in Revit

Parametric Painting in Revit

Just came across this cool preview for a Revit Technology Conference RTC2011 presentation by Tim Waldock on “Designing in Revit Using Parametric Formulas” – This example is using adaptive components and the “Reactor Pattern” principle to examine facade design.
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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BIM Content Management in the Cloud

BIM Content Management in the Cloud

I just came across this fascinating cloud based content library for Revit and Sketchup. It also offers an affordable price of $12 per user right now. Some of the highlights are: Automatic RFA versioning Batch meta tag Search keywords / meta tags Upload your entire library with a single upload User Groups (by project or...

Athena released new guide to Life-Cycle Assessment

Four green building programs now have incentives for designers to use LCA to minimize the embodied environmental footprint of new construction. At first glance, the LCA provisions in LEED®, Green Globes®, the IgCC and CALGreen may seem complicated and difficult to achieve. To address this concern, the Athena Institute has released a new guide that...
Perkins+Will Conducts Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings

Perkins+Will Conducts Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings

The Perkins+Will research team of Kathy Wardle, Rebecca Holt, and Jana Foit undertook a survey of 10 international tall wood buildings for Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) and the Bi National Softwood Lumber Council (BNSLC). FII and BNSLC believe that collaborating with global leaders in taller wood construction to share experiences and information may help to...
LCA Tool Athena Impact Estimator Updated to Version 5

LCA Tool Athena Impact Estimator Updated to Version 5

The Impact Estimator is a free and compliant whole building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software for architects and designers seeking the Whole Building LCA credits in LEEDv4, Green Globes, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and the California Green Building Standard Code (CALGreen). Requiring no special expertise to use, the software allows construction industry professionals...

Programming and Space Planning Workflows with Revit and Other Tools

Revit Occupancy Schedules from Beginning to End Presenter: Sash Kazeminejad, Ideate, Inc. Learn how to create an occupancy schedule based on the current International Building Code. This topic includes how to create a custom schedule that automatically calculates the amount of occupants required in a space based on Revit Area Plans (rooms are very similar),...

New Perspectives on BIM Visuals

Can firms with limited time and resources look to BIM as a design and production tool solution? As an architect and BIM consultant, Alfred Huang has many years of experience in developing productive BIM philosophies and strategies that help firms yield more from their Revit models. Alfred will speak about how to more effectively manage...

The Legal BIM Frontier: Contracts, Execution Planning & Recent Case Developments

Speaker: Rebecca J. McWilliams, Esq., AIA BIM IMPLEMENTATION is more than a simple clause in a contract requiring the technology’s use. BIM implementation poses a complex new set of risk-allocation and management challenges. Fortunately, the industry has caught up to the technology, and several sets of BIM contract addendums and implementation guides have emerged from...

Daylight Factors and Nine out of Ten Daylight Simulation Programs Agree

This is a very interesting post on All Things Lighting on the history and reason behind the Daylight Factor as well as a comparison of ten daylight simulation programs with a surprising result .. Calculating daylight factors requires a 3D CAD model and daylight simulation software, if only to accurately model the spatial luminance distribution...

Living Future 2013 Keynotes: Jason F. McLennan, David Suzuki, Paul Hawken

I just found out that the Living Future 2013 Keynotes are available as a video recording. I really enjoyed this conference. Too bad I will not go this year ;-(
Life-Cycle Assessment for Revit - Tally Now Available as Commercial Application

Life-Cycle Assessment for Revit – Tally Now Available as Commercial Application

The beta period for Tally ended on March 1st. Tally is now commercially available on Autodesk Exchange, as well as on choosetally.com. New enhancements and features have been released in the commercial version: Tally data can now be added to a Revit template file, allowing users to redefine information for commonly-used Revit families across projects....
Daylight Analysis Through Revit Workflow

Daylight Analysis Through Revit Workflow

This education session from the Boise Integrated Design Lab features alternative workflows for BIM integrated Daylight Analysis (thanks for sharing). As Revit evolves and gains more embedded analytical capabilities, its ability to perform daylight analysis is also rapidly evolving. Currently two main workflows exist. The traditional workflow exports geometry and material characteristics from Revit into...

Handover in a Digital Age – Realizing the Potential of Information Rich Deliverables

In this session, Geraldine Rayner, Director at Summit BIM ( http://www.summitbim.com ) will consider what is currently delivered to Owners / Operators on handover of a new facility and demonstrate what is possible from enabling a digital process. Do we any longer go to the reference section of a library to look up information? With...