EcoDesigner

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EcoDesigner enables architects to quickly and efficiently evaluate design alternatives based on energy consumption, carbon footprint and monthly energy balance. Using EcoDesigner architects can easily analyze, at an early stage, their design for energy efficiency. Providing valuable 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. Screen Shots

Keywords

for architects, integrated in BIM software, one click evaluation

Validation/Testing

This is not analysis software, but a design aid for architects. At the same time the underlying VIPweb engine by Strusoft in Sweden is ASHRAE 90.1-2004 compliant.

Expertise Required

None. Any architect can run the software.

Users

Since the introduction of EcoDesigner in May 2008, a few thousand AEC professionals have used the program.

Audience

Architects

Input

The basis is the architectural 3D Building Information Model. For structures, ‘U’ values are in the software by default. The user can refine settings on a graphical interface or if advanced can edit structures’ data in XML files

Output

The report basic data (such as heated volume etc.), presents carbon footprint and monthly energy balance.

Computer Platform

EcoDesigner is supported on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and Mac OS X 10.5-10.6

Programming Language

C++

Strengths

EcoDesigner is integrated into the core design software so there is no data exchange needed.

Weaknesses

EcoDesigner does not do energy certification.

Contact

Company:

GRAPHISOFT North America

Address:

One Gateway Center
Suite 302
Newton, MA 02458
United States

E-mail:

info@graphisoft.com

Website:

http://www.graphisoftus.com/

Availability

To purchase EcoDesigner, please visit the GRAPHISOFT website and find a reseller in your city.