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Category Archives: Green Buildings

Green Building From the Start

As promised during yesterday’s webinar, I am posting below a few resources and links to the tools and documents I mentioned. Please check our YouTube channel for a recording of the webinar as well as previous ones. Building Performance Tools: Lighting Analysis Extension (Revit 2014/2015) – Scroll down to the Get Started section to download…

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…

Revit and Passivhaus

The geniuses at Design Reform (more specifically, Jason Andersen) posted this very interesting video about using Revit to support your Passive House documentation. Related articles Revit and PHPP: Getting BIM and Energy Modeling Software to Work Together (gduncan.us)

REM: Rapid Energy Modeling

Image via Wikipedia Many cities have recently passed legislation to mandate the release of energy consumption information of buildings. Their goal is to have something similar to a food label, miles per gallon equivalent or energy star rating that functions as an incentive for building owners to perform energy upgrades to attract tenants and buyers.…

Rehash: Project Vasari 2.0 is here!

Image by edwinguerra via Flickr Project Vasari 2.0 was released yesterday (perhaps in honour of Victoria Day?) If you have not heard about it, Project Vasari is essentially a conceptual design tool based on the Revit platform that was first released in November of last year. It allows designers to explore green building aspects like…

Living Future 2011

This year, the premier green building gathering, Living Future, was hosted in Vancouver by the Cascadia Green Building Council with the theme of “Our Children’s Cities: Visualizing Restorative Civilization”. This is by far my favourite green building conference as it gathers some of the most brilliant minds of the movement. For now, I wanted to give…

Ecotect Analysis and MacDonald’s

Image via WikipediaI recently came across a student project that outlines a proposed expansion to a MacDonald’s in Las Vegas using Autodesk Ecotect Analysis. Never thought I’d see those two words together! The three page graphic display essentially describes a workflow for using the software to inform design. It begins with gaining a good understanding…

Wild problems call for wild solutions

Image by Kevin Krejci via FlickrOften as a designer, it is easy to do things the same way over and over again (often without thinking). The environmental and social problems that we face, however, can’t be solved without some radical change in how we do things. For this reason, I have been promoting the AskNature.org…

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