Building Performance Analysis

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

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...

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...

Energy Analysis Enhancement in Revit 2016

Autodesk Revit 2016 introduces a number of powerful new Energy Analysis capabilities to help improve your design decisions earlier, and more regularly throughout the design process in an easier, more reliable, and cohesive manner than ever before..(For Subscription customers)

Winning with Life-Cycle Assessment

[vimeo 120098325 w=610&h=340] This session will provide an overview of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), related requirements for LEEDv4, and the Revit application Tally as a tool for analyzing and reporting LCA throughout design and construction. LCA is a relatively new process in building design and construction aimed at reducing a building’s impact on the environment, and...
Greenbuild Session D10 - Getting the LCA credit in LEEDv4

Greenbuild Session D10 – Getting the LCA credit in LEEDv4

A big change in LEED rewards designers who use life cycle assessment (LCA) to verifiably reduce the environmental impact of buildings. Three points are available and they’re easier to achieve than they look. The new credit is Option 4 of the “Building life-cycle impact reduction” credit, part of the big leap forward in the LEED...

LEED to Recognize Living Building Challenge Energy & Water Requirements

Press release via USGBC .. April 3, 2015 (Washington, DC) – The U.S. Green Building Council announced today that it will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge (the Challenge) green building system within the LEED green building program. “USGBC and the International Living Future Institute, developers of the Living Building...
Wizards of Weather - New Tools for Predicting the Effects of Climate Change

Wizards of Weather – New Tools for Predicting the Effects of Climate Change

 Wizards of Weather – New Tools for Predicting the Effects of Climate Change Promise Better-Performing and more Adaptable Buildings via Architectural Record Architects and engineers must consider a building site’s climate to create structures that efficiently keep occupants comfortable. There are, however, basic deficiencies in the weather data that they commonly plug into energy simulations....