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Monday, April 13, 2009

Integrated Environmental Solutions.: The Revit Kid.com!

How could I not repost my favorite Revit blog prodigy's writing about my favorite BIM product. Being the exclusive (one and only) IES reseller for Florida, I love what their products do for Building Performance Analysis. For what the products do for architects and engineers, it's relatively inexpensive if you factor in the current workflow and process necessary and what I consider potential inaccuracies because of lack of information for calculations. Last but not least, let's consider spending the money that the USGBC wants for LEED ratings and just use that money to perform more analysis on BIM models and create more life cycle energy savings for the long term benefit of building owners and operators. Is that better than a LEED rating using recycled materials? I think so because it's the massive amounts of energy that buildings use that really make the difference. How many firms get their LEED rating using all the points but the energy portion of the LEED system. Just a thought....and now to the repeat of the Revit Kid's blog post.

The Revit Kid.com!: Integrated Environmental Solutions.

The third and final environmental analysis software I would like to introduce you too is Integrated Environmental Solutions. This program is NOT by Autodesk... I know... crazy huh?


I.E.S. offers a completely free version of a simple energy analysis called VE-Ware. My favorite feature of this program is its compatibility with Revit. It installs a plugin directly inside of Revit and with a few click you can make a simple energy usage and carbon emission analysis. For participating schools the entire tool kit is free. For students in non-participating schools they have a student offer (linked below).

With the free VE-Ware you will be able to:
1. Import geometry data
2. Tell it where your building is in the world
3. Define your: building type, construction materials, heating and cooling system types and room types
4. Press a button – automatic detailed thermal simulation is performed for you
5. Get output on: energy consumption, CO2 emissions and US benchmark against the Architecture 2030 Challenge
6. You can then easily modify your building and assess different options.

As far as ease of use and coherence go this program is very simple.

Here is a list of links:

1 comments:

The Revit Kid April 14, 2009 at 8:57 AM  

haha thanks for the post Greg! The next step in the Revit Classroom workflow details how to use I.E.S. in the Classroom.

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