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A New Site for EPW Weather Data – Climate.OneBuilding.Org

Climate.OneBuilding.Org is a new respository of weather datasets for building performance simulation. Why should you download Climate Data Files from Climate.OneBuilding? 2013 Design Condtions from ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook New Weather Data Sets that You Can’t Get from EnergyPlus web site Frequently Updated as New Weather Data Sets and Design Conditions are Released Consistent naming and...
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...
URBANMODELING [v2.0] for Rhino Released

URBANMODELING [v2.0] for Rhino Released

Umi is a Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities with respect to operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. Umi is being developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with support from a National Science Foundation...

Simergy v1.4 Released

Simergy v1.4 was released today. You can download it from the Simergy website at: http://Simergy.lbl.gov Simergy is a BIM/BEM application that dramatically reduces the time and complexity required to use DOE’s whole-building energy modeling and performance simulation engine — EnergyPlus. Simergy was designed and developed to meet the advanced building energy modeling needs of architects,...
Heron Hall – A Living Building Home

Heron Hall – A Living Building Home

Designed by the founder of the Living Building Challenge and CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Jason F. McLennan. Pursuing all petals of the Living Building Challenge 2.1 and destined to become one of the world’s greenest homes. Check out http://heronhall.softfirmstudios.net/ to find out more about the design and design philosophy. I am especially...
Elements - Weather File Editor and Visualizer

Elements – Weather File Editor and Visualizer

Just want to share this tool that I stumbled across lately: Elements is a free, open-source, cross-platform software tool for creating and editing custom weather files for building energy modeling. The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive, integrated application suitable for handling all of the common tasks associated with weather files. Major...
The Wood Innovation and Design Centre

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre

It is a beautiful building indeed, the charred wood on the facade is really interesting … The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) is the tallest wood building in Prince George and the tallest contemporary wood building in North America. Completed in October 2014, the WIDC is a six-storey plus mechanical penthouse, 29.5 metre-high structure...

Revit Credit Manager for LEED Updated

On October 30, the development team updated the technology preview for the Revit Credit Manager for LEED at Autodesk Labs. This update includes numerous bug fixes and enhancements based on Autodesk Labs Community feedback as well as addition of a new credit calculator, MRC4 – Recycled Content. And based on our most popular request, the...

Lumion 5.0 is Available

Fascinating real-time viz tool Lumion which integrates well with Revit and Archicad (and some CAD tools as well) has been updated to version 5. See what’s new in version 5.0 here .. Find the full release notes here ..
Webinar: The New IES-Approved Daylight Metrics

Webinar: The New IES-Approved Daylight Metrics

Here are the slides and a recording of my October 23rd AIA San Francisco and IBPSA webinar on the New Daylight Metrics. Download slides here  
Flux Metro Austin Preview

Flux Metro Austin Preview

At Flux we believe that data, analytics, and visualization can help bridge understanding between stakeholders and result in smarter growth and faster development and faster building. The Austin Preview of Flux Metro is an important first step in this direction. Flux Metro aggregates geographic data from public and private sources to build a three dimensional...