Posts tagged "Sustainable Design"

Rumble in the Lumberyard: FSC vs SFI

There is a major battle going on in the woods, in the courts and in the halls of the US Green Building Council, as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) tries to get LEED changed to accept their certification. … (read more here from treehugger.com)

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...

Free Parking Isn’t Free

When does a Prius have the same environmental impact as a Hummer? The 95 percent of the time it’s parked. Most people don’t spend time thinking about parking spaces unless they’re looking for one. But these 9′ by 18′ rectangles of urban real estate have a vast impact on North American communities. They affect the...

City of Vancouver: Passive Design Toolkits

The City has developed and approved two passive design toolkits detailing ways to reduce energy use in new buildings, which are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in Vancouver. The tookits provide best practices for homes and larger buildings for passive design elements such as layout, orientation, insulation, landscaping and ventilation. They are targeted...

Thoughtful Sustainable Design with Google Sketchup

See how Michelle Kaufmann, architect of mkdesigns, uses SketchUp and Google Earth to design and simulate her extraordinary pefab homes. You can buy her best-selling book “Prefab Green” on blurb.com. Jill Fehrenbacher of Inhabitat talks with Michelle Kaufmann about her Lotus House on display during the 2007 West Coast Green Conference in San Francisco.

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...

Ken Yeang, an Architect and Ecologist

Dr. Ken Yeang is a prolific Malaysian architect and writer best known for developing environmental design solutions for high-rise buildings. As a principle of T.R. Hamzah & Yeang in Kuala Lumpur, he pioneered the passive low-energy design of skyscrapers, what he has called “bioclimatic” design. In 2005 Yeang became a director of Llewelyn Davies Yeang,...

“SketchUp and Green Design” Presentation

“SketchUp and Green Design”  – a video from Google SketchUp 3D Basecamp conference in Mountain View, California. You will see how to use Sketchup with additional tools like Chhaya, Greenfoot, SPOT, AGI32 and the Energy Design plugin (as featured in an earlier post) to explore green building design opportunities. You can find more 3D Basecamp...

Autodesk aquires Ecotect

Autodesk went on a green shopping spree the last couple of month: After announcing the full aquisition of Green Building Studio now the acquisition of Ecotect was a surprise. I hope all the resources behind Autodesk help leapfrogging innovation in the building analysis and simulation field and it would be great if some of those...

Building Performance Analysis Freeware VE-Ware now available

VE-WARE from IES (Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd) is now available to download. It works as a Revit plug-in only for now, other options for inputting the geometry data will be coming soon. Some highlights are: Suitable for all building types across worldwide locations Assesses performance against the Architecture 2030 Challenge Easy to use – produce...

Building Performance Analysis for Free: IES VE-Ware

In line with its commitment to the sustainable building design movement and responding to Architecture 2030 Challenge, IES on May 14 announced the release of VE-Ware, freely downloadable software that enables building owners, facilities managers and architects to analyze, better understand and take steps to increase the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon emissions associated...

Autodesk updates Green Building Studio

Autodesk updated the recently acquired Green Building Studio. This web service integrates sophisticated engineer’s tools with architectural design software and enables architects to evaluate the energy use of their designs. Part of the update is a tighter integration with the 2009 line of the Revit platform. The external application was added to the Tool pull...