Building Performance Analysis

VE2014 Feature Pack 1 Available Now

Here is the download link: http://www.iesve.com/software/download New Features Summary New California Building Regulations Title 24 Compliance Tool IESVE is the first commercial software to be officially approved for commercial building compliance with the new California Building Regulations, Title 24. Our software provides an alternative calculation method for demonstrating performance compliance with the non-residential provisions of...

Athena released new guide to Life-Cycle Assessment

Four green building programs now have incentives for designers to use LCA to minimize the embodied environmental footprint of new construction. At first glance, the LCA provisions in LEED®, Green Globes®, the IgCC and CALGreen may seem complicated and difficult to achieve. To address this concern, the Athena Institute has released a new guide that...
LCA Tool Athena Impact Estimator Updated to Version 5

LCA Tool Athena Impact Estimator Updated to Version 5

The Impact Estimator is a free and compliant whole building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software for architects and designers seeking the Whole Building LCA credits in LEEDv4, Green Globes, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and the California Green Building Standard Code (CALGreen). Requiring no special expertise to use, the software allows construction industry professionals...

Daylight Factors and Nine out of Ten Daylight Simulation Programs Agree

This is a very interesting post on All Things Lighting on the history and reason behind the Daylight Factor as well as a comparison of ten daylight simulation programs with a surprising result .. Calculating daylight factors requires a 3D CAD model and daylight simulation software, if only to accurately model the spatial luminance distribution...
Life-Cycle Assessment for Revit - Tally Now Available as Commercial Application

Life-Cycle Assessment for Revit – Tally Now Available as Commercial Application

The beta period for Tally ended on March 1st. Tally is now commercially available on Autodesk Exchange, as well as on choosetally.com. New enhancements and features have been released in the commercial version: Tally data can now be added to a Revit template file, allowing users to redefine information for commonly-used Revit families across projects....
Daylight Analysis Through Revit Workflow

Daylight Analysis Through Revit Workflow

This education session from the Boise Integrated Design Lab features alternative workflows for BIM integrated Daylight Analysis (thanks for sharing). As Revit evolves and gains more embedded analytical capabilities, its ability to perform daylight analysis is also rapidly evolving. Currently two main workflows exist. The traditional workflow exports geometry and material characteristics from Revit into...
Tally Life-Cycle Assessment Tool for Revit - Video Tutorials

Tally Life-Cycle Assessment Tool for Revit – Video Tutorials

Tally was introduced a couple of weeks ago a Revit integrated Life-Cycle Assessment tool. Read the basics in my previous post ‘Architecture Firm KieranTimberlake Unveils Life-Cycle Assessment Tool for Revit‘ The videos below give you some detailed instructuions on how to go about using this tool in the Revit BIM environment: Project Tally Intro Project...

ArchiCAD 17 Integrated Energy Analysis

GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner STAR is an ArchiCAD extension providing a full BIM to BEM workflow. This enables designers to fully utilize and further extend ArchiCAD 17′s built-in building energy modeling capabilities. If you are curious what’s going on in the ArchiCAD Green BIM world, here are some videos (Be aware that this is a YouTube playlist, ...

VE 2013 Feature Pack 2 is Available to Download

Even though this is news from before Christmas it is worth mentioning that the BPA (Building Performance Analysis) software makers are preparing for the new version of LEED 4.0. IES Integrated Environmental Solutions announced that the second feature pack of the latest release VE 2013 is available to download from the IES download centre. Latest...

Sefaira for Revit – Webinar Recording now available

I had introduced Sefaira in a recent post. Now the mentioned webinar in regards to their Revit integration is available on Sefira’s Vimeo site (or watch below, update: but for some reason I can’t make the embedded video “full screen”)
Interview: "Design Energy Simulation for Architects" w/ Kjell Anderson, AIA

Interview: “Design Energy Simulation for Architects” w/ Kjell Anderson, AIA

Kjell Anderson, AIA practices at LMN in Seattle, with a focus on sustainability. He previously worked at Callison, training employees internationally on energy simulation and modeling. His upcoming book, “Design Energy Simulation for Architects: Guide to 3D Graphics” explores energy use and modeling in architecture. Go to the AIA Washington State blog to read the...
BIM & Performative Design Learning Classes from AU2013 Now available online

BIM & Performative Design Learning Classes from AU2013 Now available online

Finally most of the classes from AU 2013 that took place last month in Las Vegas are now available to either to watch or download. Go to http://au.autodesk.com/au-online/overview to view the latest classes and videos on design, engineering, business strategies, new technologies, best practices, and engineering certification preparation. I really think that the little selection...