ConstructionPro Week, Volume: Construction Advisor Today - Issue: 36 - 12/30/2009

Autodesk Unveils Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

Autodesk Inc. recently announced the availability of updates for the Autodesk Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. The online guide is designed to help architecture, engineering, and construction professionals make better informed decisions to achieve building performance goals.


The updated site now extends through the entire building lifecycle with new features and tools targeting green building retrofit and renovation projects, and an expanded focus on relevant issues of interest to building owners and energy service companies.


The updated Autodesk Guide to Sustainable Design site now features a graphical user interface that presents the user with two options, New Construction or Renovation, each customized to the visitor's profession or industry selection. The guide offers detailed virtual walk-throughs for all phases of a new design or renovation project, allowing visitors to view key decision points at each stage of a building's lifecycle, including energy efficiency, water efficiency, and carbon emissions. Along the way, users can learn how to use building information modeling process supported by tools for green analysis, visualization, and simulation to foster multidisciplinary collaboration from the earliest stages of a project and throughout the building lifecycle.


Other enhancements include:

  • Decision Grid tool to help evaluate and make decisions at each step of the process, and to understand how Autodesk tools can be used to achieve green retrofit goals
  • Tools to show how to more quickly generate a 3D Autodesk Revit Architecture digital information model from 2D photos of an existing building to more rapidly conduct whole-building energy analysis and evaluate renewable energy potential
  • White papers, podcasts, and videos to demonstrate how to more quickly and accurately achieve energy-efficiency and environmental goals for a green retrofit project.




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