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Lumion 6.5 to be released June 6th

Lumion 6.5 to be released June 6th

UPDATED ENGINE Lumion 6.5 contains an updated engine. It is now based on DirectX 11. As a result, the engine works better with Windows 8 and 10. For Windows 10 users, it also gives access to extra graphics card memory (the previous maximum was 4GB) so that larger scenes are possible. The engine update provides…

Ladybug and Honeybee for Building Performance Design

In the past I have criticized the lack of climate/predesign and daylighting analysis tools in Vasari. So it was with great surprise that I recently learned about Ladybug and Honeybee, some recent projects developed by Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey and Saeran Vasanthakumar. The tools address the 2 most significant weaknesses encountered when using Vasari:…

BIM for Schools – An Obligation to Taxpayers

Will this new school benefit from the huge potential of BIM? We noticed last week that Kitsilano High School here in Vancouver, BC is going through a $60 million replacement project.  As Building Information Modeling (BIM) integrators, we should be aware of any new project of this magnitude, but this one jumped out at me since…

Vasari vs. IES VE: Dance Off

I have been wanting to share my personal observations regarding a question that I’ve heard about conceptual design and energy analysis: Which is better, Autodesk’s Project Vasari or IES’ Virtual Environment (VE)? Vasari output could be more useful In a nutshell: Depth and Breadth of Analysis: Hands down IES VE allows much more advanced analysis and…

Revit/Vasari and 123D Catch for Energy Modeling of Existing Buildings

Solar Radiation Tool in Project Vasari The following videos were posted by Simon Gillis from Autodesk at the Sustainable Design Toolbox to describe in more detail the steps necessary to carry out the Rapid Energy Modeling (REM) of existing buildings. You can see how you can use 123D Catch and Project Vasari or Revit 2012…

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