For Better or For Worse – Interview with Richard Heinberg on his new book “Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy”

Author Richard Heinberg on new book “Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy”. Plus plankton expert Dr. Michael Behrenfeld: is the foundation of ocean life in trouble? Listen to the podcast right here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] or read the original post at http://www.ecoshock.org/2016/06/for-better-or-for-worse.html You can order the book here or even read it online for free: http://www.islandpress.org/books/our-renewable-future
Calculate Whole Building LCA and Health Impacts of a Rhino Model

Calculate Whole Building LCA and Health Impacts of a Rhino Model

I love this approach to LCA, simple and accessible … I am looking forward seeing this come to Revit based on the material takeoff schedule? Here are two statistics to chew on: 1. In the U.S., buildings account for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, 30% of raw materials use, and...
Flux, HBN, thinkstep and Google collaborate to launch the Quartz Database at VERGE 2015

Flux, HBN, thinkstep and Google collaborate to launch the Quartz Database at VERGE 2015

San Jose, Calif., Leinfelden-Echterdingen, 27.10.2015 – First collaborative, open data initiative to combine health and environmental impact data on building materials empowers AEC industry to achieve greater sustainability. Flux, a technology company founded to deliver collaboration tools for increasing efficiencies in building architecture and engineering, together with Google, a global...
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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For Better or For Worse – Interview with Richard Heinberg on his new book “Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy”

Author Richard Heinberg on new book “Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy”. Plus plankton expert Dr. Michael Behrenfeld: is the foundation of ocean life in trouble? Listen to the podcast right here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] or read the original post at http://www.ecoshock.org/2016/06/for-better-or-for-worse.html You can order...
Calculate Whole Building LCA and Health Impacts of a Rhino Model

Calculate Whole Building LCA and Health Impacts of a Rhino Model

I love this approach to LCA, simple and accessible … I am looking forward seeing this come to Revit based on the material takeoff schedule? Here are two statistics to chew on: 1. In the U.S., buildings account for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, 30% of raw materials use, and 30% of waste output (136...

IES VE Demonstration and Sneak Peak of New Release

IES VE Demonstration and Sneak Peak of New Release from Performance Workshops on Vimeo.
New Tutorials for CompAIR: Pharos's Tool For Comparing VOCs

New Tutorials for CompAIR: Pharos’s Tool For Comparing VOCs

The CompAIR volatile ingredients calculator helps users identify building products that release less chemicals into the air. Since we are exposed to these chemicals when we breathe, and some are hazardous, selecting products with lower or no Volatile Ingredients can help avoid damaging worker and occupant health. For more detail about the CompAIR volatile ingredients...
Jen Carlile (Flux Factory) Keynote - Day 3 - Design Modelling Symposium 2015

Jen Carlile (Flux Factory) Keynote – Day 3 – Design Modelling Symposium 2015

Jen Carlile is Co-Founder and Software Engineer at Flux Factory. Jen introduces the recently announced FLUX Collaboration Tools for the Architecture and Construction Industry during her presentation. The keynote was held during the Design Modelling Symposium Copenhagen 2015 Modelling Behaviour, held in Copenhagen, Denmark at CITA, Centre for Information Technology and Architecture, Royal Danish Academy...

Ladybug for Dynamo

Ladybug is an open source environmental plugin originally developed for Grasshopper3D that helps architects and engineers create an environmentally-conscious architectural design. Ladybug imports standard EnergyPlus Weather files (.EPW) into Dynamo and provides a variety of 3D interactive graphics to support the decision-making process during the initial stages of design. You can do solar and solar...

Webinar – Weather Data for Energy Modeling

The Chicago Chapter of IBPSA-USA hosted this free webinar on January 21, 2016 on the topic of Weather Data for Energy Modeling. Every energy model depends on good, accurate weather data. This webinar will offer presentations from three experts to discuss: How weather data files are developed TMY (Typical Meteorological Year) data vs. AMY (Actual...

National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Funds gbXML

Carmel Software recently announced that it has received funding from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for Phase III of improving the Green Building XML (gbXML) interoperability schema that allows various BIM authoring and analysis software tools to integrate with one another. Here is a more layman’s explanation of what this all means: Green Building...

Healthy Indoors Show – The Quartz Project

Designalyze Podcast: Interview with Jen Carlile – Co-Founder of Flux Factory

Brian Ringley from Designalyze catches up with Jen Carlile, Co-Founder of Flux Factory at the at the Design Modelling Symposium in Copenhagen. go to http://designalyze.com/blog/podcast/episode-026-jen-carlile to listen to the podcast  

Design Night: Energy Hacking, Talk by Saul Griffith

Guest speaker Saul Griffith mesmerized the crowd and we learned how we can all make a difference. From making solar fans thanks to Tech Shop to low carbon blueberry smoothies via bicycle, plus such interesting tidbits from PG&E, we were having so much fun. http://www.autodesk.com/gallery/design-nights

ISHRAE makes available for free Typical Year weather files for 62 locations in India

ISHRAE (The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) announced the Web  release of a new set of “typical year” weather files for 62 locations in India. This new set of ISHRAE weather files was created with the help of White Box Technologies (USA) utilizing weather data from various sources, including the Indian Bureau...