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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 a Material Takeoff? 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 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.

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...