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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...

Webinar – RETScreen: a Tool for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

Date and time: Wednesday 4 November 2015 – 3:00pm CET Organiser: RETScreen International RETScreen, Natural Resources Canada’s clean energy management software, helps businesses and governments alike to make cleaner energy decisions. Used by over 443,000 people all over the world, taught in over 600 universities and colleges, available in 36 languages and developed in collaboration...

Saul Griffith – Infrastructure and Climate Change Podcast

Griffith began with an eyeroll at the first round of responses in the US to reducing greenhouse gases, a program he calls “peak Al Gore.” Some activities feel virtuous —becoming vegetarian, installing LED lights, avoiding bottled water, reading news online, using cold water detergent, and “showering less in a smaller, colder house”—but they demand constant...

21st Century “Typical Year” Weather Files for 224 Canadian Locations Now Available

White Box Technologies announced the release of a new set of  21st Century “typical year” weather files for 224 Canadian locations. These CN2014 weather files were produced using the same raw data source, i.e., NCEI’s (formerly NCDC) Integrated Surface Hourly Database (ISD), and software that were used in creating the IWEC2 weather files. The 224...
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 tech company committed to creating...

Cloud-Based Collaboration for City Planning: Kimon Onuma at TEDxAmericasFinestCity

Kimon Onuma, FAIA, has been practicing architecture for three decades; building informed environments, ecosystems and cities. His firm is one of the first to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) on a large scale master planning project nearly two decades ago. His firm’s award winning BIMStorms are cloud-based tools and processes used for city planning and...