Building Performance Analysis
Energy Analysis for Dynamo – Open Beta Release

Energy Analysis for Dynamo – Open Beta Release

Check out this Energy Analysis for Dynamo package from from Core Studio at Thornton Tomasetti: We are very happy to announce the open beta release of Energy Analysis for Dynamo, available today in the Dynamo Package Manager, and on Github.  Energy Analysis for Dynamo allows for parametric energy modeling and whole-building energy analysis workflows in...
Flux Factory – Using Big Data to Improve the Built Environment

Flux Factory – Using Big Data to Improve the Built Environment

  The previous post was a little teaser, this post from one year ago presented the rumors, here is some more substantial background of what is being cooked at Flux: Not many people are cognizant of it, but the world of software has long taken cues from the field of architecture. Much of the vocabulary,...
Sefaira Releases Performance Analysis Plug-in for Revit

Sefaira Releases Performance Analysis Plug-in for Revit

Sefaira Now Provides Feedback on Energy and Daylighting Trade-Offs in Autodesk Revit Sefaira, the leader in software for high-performance building design, today announced that it now delivers real-time energy analysis and daylighting analysis within Autodesk® Revit. With the Sefaira for Revit plugin, architects can now assess tradeoffs between energy and daylighting performance and make performance-based...

Data-Driven Design: Architecture in the Age of Information @ Greenbuild

If you are going to Greenbuild in New Orleans this year then check out this presentation: E10 – Data-Driven Design: Architecture in the Age of Information Thursday, October 23 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM | MR 356 Overview: The Big Data revolution is changing every area of work and life—including buildings. Architecture has always...

Revit Credit Manager for LEED

The Revit Credit Manager for LEED will allow you to automate calculations for your LEED Daylighting and Views IEQ 8.1 (Daylight Option 1 Simulation and Option 2 Prescriptive) and IEQ8.2 (Views) credits as well as streamline the submittals conveniently from inside Autodesk Revit 2014 software. Go to the Autodesk Feedback Community to find out more...
Simergy Version 1.3 is Now Available

Simergy Version 1.3 is Now Available

Simergy v1.3 was released today. You can download it from the Simergy website at: http://Simergy.lbl.gov As all of you know, Simergy is a BIM/BEM application that dramatically reduces the time and complexity required to use DOE’s whole-building energy modeling and performance simulation engine — EnergyPlus. Simergy was designed and developed to meet the advanced building...

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...