Posts tagged "Materials"
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...
Flux, HBN, thinkstep and Google collaborate to launch the Quartz Database at VERGE 2015

Flux, HBN, thinkstep and Google collaborate to launch the Quartz Database at VERGE 2015

San Jose, Calif., Leinfelden-Echterdingen, 27.10.2015 – First collaborative, open data initiative to combine health and environmental impact data on building materials empowers AEC industry to achieve greater sustainability. Flux, a technology company founded to deliver collaboration tools for increasing efficiencies in building architecture and engineering, together with Google, a global tech company committed to creating...

Blue Vinyl – Documentary Highlights of the Toxic Plastic

Blue Vinyl is a 2002 documentary film directed by Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand. With a lighthearted tone, the film follows one woman’s quest for an environmentally sound cladding for her parents’ house in Merrick, Long Island, New York. It also investigates the many negative health effects of polyvinyl chloride in its production, use...

Using Revit Building Element Thermal Properties

Healing the Materials Supply Chain: The Google Story

Healing the Materials Supply Chain: The Google Story

[vimeo 41140219 w=610&h=348] Specifying sustainable materials is now going beyond LEED requirements such as recycled content and low-VOC’s to address concerns about manufacturing processes, toxicity and environmental justice. Multiple materials red-lists and tools have been developed to raise awareness amongst architects, designers and clients about these issues. However, the complexity and time involved in vetting materials...

International Living Future Institute Launches Building Products Transparency Label Program

By providing manufacturers and specifiers of building materials a clear, elegant and informative ‘nutrition-label’, Declare aims to transform the marketplace through transparency and open communication. Declare aligns with the Living Building Challenge by providing product transparency in support of the program’s Red List and Appropriate Sourcing Imperatives, streamlining material documentation and project certification. Select products...

Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings Now Free of Charge

The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute and its software partner Morrison Hershfield are pleased to announce a major change to the distribution of the acclaimed whole building life cycle assessment (LCA)-based software tool, the Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings. The Impact Estimator (IE) is now available for free download from The decision to offer the...

More Revit 2013 Material Information

What’s New in Revit 2013 Materials Enhanced Material Properties for Building Performance Analysis Managing Materials Libraries Managing Materials in Revit Revit 2013 –  Editing Assets /Materials

Calculating the Heat Transfer Coefficient from a Revit Wall Assembly

This is an interesting article from Autodesk Germany: “U-Wert aus Revit Wänden berechnen” To read above in English click on this link to get the Google Translate version. You can read more on the new Revit 2013 material features here at AECBytes ..

PHAROS ONLINE: Beacon of Transparency for the Green Building Movement

The Pharos Project connects you to a network of building professionals and manufacturers committed to transparency as a core value on the path to sustainability. Pharos is not a certification or label, it is information; the critical health and environmental data about the manufacture, use, and end of life of building materials specified and used...

What would Nature do?

How could a butterfly inspire your next design? Opening keynote Janine Benyus presented the Biomimicry Institute’s new initiative at Living Future 09. AskNature is a searchable database of thousands of Nature’s best strategies and ideas–a valuable resource for applying biomimicry to building designs and strategies.

How to Create a Neon Effect with V-Ray?

A neon effect might be handy for your night time renderings to simulate signage and lighting. This tutorial on Vray Elite uses the native V-Ray light material (VRayLightMt) as an illumination source. This downloadable video tutorial uses a self illuminated standard material from max with a V-ray material wrapper (VRayMtlWrapper). Get it here at