"GREEN" Now an Organic Part of Architecture
Green design has been embraced openly by many architectural firms worldwide. They appreciate the value and financial sense of developing a truly green design and architects who actively take 'green' decisions early on are saving their clients real money, now and in the future. EcoDesigner coupled with ArchiCAD's open standards place the Virtual Building™ at the heart of energy analysis.
"GREEN" Now an Organic Part of Architecture
The Number One Building Energy Information Modeling Tool
Since its release as the world's first fully CAD-integrated building energy modeling application, architects worldwide have embraced EcoDesigner as the must-have BIM tool for the early architectural design stage. Critically acclaimed as well, the program received a "HAMMER" Environmental Product of the Year 2009 award.
Building Energy Information Modeling
Simultaneously with the release of ArchiCAD 14, GRAPHISOFT is proud to introduce the new version of the world's number one building energy information modeling tool to the BIM market. EcoDesigner for ArchiCAD 14 offers numerous new features covering three main areas:
- a feature set that supports sustainable architectural solutions equally for all climate regions;
- a dynamic calculation engine capable of precisely evaluating complex building geometries and MEP systems;
- detailed results that display all relevant information regarding a building's energy systems
The New EcoDesigner User Guide
A combination of the updated manual and the Advanced EcoDesigner User Guide, this documentation explains the new features of EcoDesigner for ArchiCAD 14 in detail, and contains all the information necessary to perform the dynamic energy evaluation of ArchiCAD models. From the explanation of the fundamental terms of building physics to advanced software customization, it enables every user to utilize EcoDesigner to its full potential.
Download the User Guide here.
Early Design Phase
The truth of sustainable design is that approximately 80% of the design decisions that influence a building's energy performance are made by the architect in the early design phase; the remaining 20% are made by engineers at the later phases of design. Therefore, it is critical for architects to be able to utilize a quick and reliable energy performance evaluation at the earliest stage of the building design process.
Using GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner, architects can easily analyze their design, at an early stage, for energy efficiency. Providing invaluable feedback on the building's energy performance means the architect can make better decisions on how to conform to regulations and satisfy the interests of the client and the operator of the building. Ultimately, with energy efficiency, we all win!
"Energy efficiency is becoming a key factor. ArchiCAD allows the Architect to positively affect the design at the earliest and most convenient phase."
Teemu Kurkela, CEO, JKMM Architects, Finland
"Sustainable architecture" is the practice of designing, constructing and maintaining buildings in a way that their environmental impact is minimized. One of the most important aspects of sustainable design is energy efficiency - a drive to reduce the amount of energy a building consumes during its life-span.
GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner enables architects to quickly and efficiently evaluate design alternatives based on energy consumption, carbon footprint and monthly energy balance.
"We were determined to create a new, livable and efficient home. Being able to model your design, site, environment and green strategies all within a single BIM model made attaining this goal much easier."
Carol Richard, Richard Wittschiebe Hand (RWH) Architects, WI, USA on Wisconsin's first LEED Platinum Home
The relationship between building volumes, proposed area, and orientation of glazed surfaces, as well as the properties of the external shading options, all influence the future energy consumption and determine the overall look of the design. Selecting the right design alternative that delivers better energy performance is becoming vital for client presentations.
Quick Energy Evaluation for Architects
Now architects can evaluate energy performance from within ArchiCAD. GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner is available from ArchiCAD and the best news is that all architects can use it right away!
With EcoDesigner, the ArchiCAD Virtual Building becomes an even more intelligent "BIM" model, right from the very first concept design.
"As environmentally conscious architects, the ability to quickly and effectively perform energy analyses on our building models is beneficial to us and it adds tremendous value to our clients."
Russ Sanders, AIA, Orcutt | Winslow, US
Sustainable Design with ArchiCAD
Green design has been embraced openly by many architectural firms worldwide. They appreciate the ecological value and financial sense of developing a truly green design. Architects who actively take 'green' decisions early on are saving their clients real money, now and in the future. EcoDesigner, coupled with ArchiCAD's open standards, place the Virtual Building™ at the heart of energy analysis.
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