Building Performance Analysis
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....
Tally Life-Cycle Assessment Greenbuild 2014 Session

Tally Life-Cycle Assessment Greenbuild 2014 Session

Life Cycle Assessment at the Speed of Design – Greenbuild 2014 session by Jonathan Rowe (Autodesk), Roderick Bates and Ryan Welch (KieranTimberlake)
Greenbuild Session A09 - Daylighting Simulation at Four Architecture Firms

Greenbuild Session A09 – Daylighting Simulation at Four Architecture Firms

This is a very interesting session from last years Greenbuild on how four leading architectural firms tackle the issues around understanding daylight metrics and informing design decisions accordingly. How do firms start a daylight simulation program in-house, how do they run it, integrate with project schedules, and use it to make better design decisions? Leading...

Cloud-based Energy Simulation Using EnergyPlus

This is a recording from a webinar that was hosted on February 10, 2015 to introduce the Project EnergyPlus Cloud available in Autodesk Labs. During the session Principal Engineer and Product Owner Krishnan Gowri demonstrates how to utilize EnergyPlus Cloud in addition to facilitating an open forum discussion for feedback.
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 geometry accordingly. It provides a...
Athena Impact Estimator Updated to Version 5.0 Build 01

Athena Impact Estimator Updated to Version 5.0 Build 01

The new build contains several updates and bug fixes, including updated material algorithms for wide flange section beam materials, and lifespan increases for all metal roof cladding materials from 45 years to 60 years. Download the latest version of the Impact Estimator for Buildings here. Find more detail on this release here.

Climate Consultant 6.0 Beta Available

Climate Consultant 6.0 Beta is the latest release available for testing. It fixes some errors found in version 5.5, has fine-tuned the choice of Best Design Guidelines, and offers the capability to export selected EPW weather data variables and calculated statistics to a CSV file for viewing in EXCEL. Two major enhancements include a link...

Revision of TMY3 Weather Files

White Box Technologies (WBT), in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has revised the TMY3 weather files to correct inconsistencies in units for illuminances, improve the reporting of Liquid Precipitation, replace all missing records with interpolated or filled values (chiefly for visibility, ceiling height, aerosol optical depth, and albedo), and add a new...

Energy Simulation Plug-ins for Revit Review by LMN Tech Studio

With our continued efforts in enhancing sustainability in all our projects, we have been looking into early-design daylight and energy analysis. Since LMN loves Revit, we tested 3 energy simulation plug-ins available for Revit: IES-VE, Design Builder and Sefaira. IES and Design Builder are 2 standalone energy simulation software famous among energy modelers and MEP...

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...
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...