Posts tagged "Simulation"

Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label

The Federal Building in downtown Youngstown, Ohio, features an extensive use of natural light to illuminate offices and a white roof to reflect heat. It has LEED certification, the country’s most recognized seal of approval for green buildings. But the building is hardly a model of energy efficiency. According to an environmental assessment last year,...

Make Google Earth a 4D Building Simulation Tool with Earth Connector for Revit

You can not only post your Revit models to Google Earth but you can make it your occasional 4D simulation tool. You can add time as the forth dimension by using phases from Revit and implementing them as Google Earth timespan to play the construction phases through the timeline via a time slider. You can...

3ds Max Lighting Analysis for LEED Indoor Environmental Quality Credit 8.1

The new 3ds Max Design 2009 includes new technology for simulating and analyzing sun, sky and artificial lighting to assist with LEED Indoor Environmental Quality credit 8.1 certification (from LEED Reference Guide: Submittals … Provide area calculations that define the daylight zones and provide a summary of daylight factor prediction calculations through manual methods or...

Squint/Opera

Squint/Opera is a film and media production studio operating within the film and architectural industry. Using a unique visual language, the company channels and translates the creative investigations of the architectural team on social and environmental impacts into a medium that everyone, from the schoolchild to the Mayor, can understand. For more information and to...

Maxwell Render 1.7 released

Next Limit Technologies (Madrid, Spain) announced it’s next iteration of Maxwell Render. The manual as well as several plugins for integration into CAD and 3D design applications were updated too. The Physical Sky system in Maxwell Render 1.7 uses an entirely new approach and has been greatly enhanced adding more parameters to control the look...

Two Introductions to Ecotect

During my research for a building analysis solution suitable for early design phases I came across these two quite comprehensive abstracts about Ecotect. I like Ecotect for that it can give you that kind of graphic output that is so important to communicate this rather intangible information to a client. As well I believe if...

Ecotect website back again

After checking the website over and over for the last couple of weeks and eagerly awaiting a new version to test the gbxml implementation it’s back again. Square One research develops leading-edge simulation and analysis solutions for the design of high-performance and climate-responsive buildings. The company was incorporated in 2000 to focus on promoting and...

Building Energy Analysis plugin for SketchUp

Greenspace’s Demeter plugin expands the benefits of using Google Sketchup for early stage building design. Demeter provides Google’s Sketchup with the ability to energy analyse a building model within seconds. Demeter also allows for the importing and exporting of the industry standard file format, gbXML, allowing models from many different sources to be viewed, edited...