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Monday, April 19, 2010

Exclusive News Release: 1st Pricing about to patent sustainable design plugin to BIM & LEED

Well, I have good news and bad news.  1st Pricing has done it again.  If you thought their patent from last week was staggering, well, this just makes it that much better or worse.  For BIM users, this shouldn't affect you, but for the companies trying to link their information to BIM and LEED, well, they should have thought of this first.

Kudos to Doug Lopez, who came up with these ideas long before BIM was BIM.  If you look at his background, it's no wonder he saw the light of connecting design to pricing and information.  Did you now that Apple tried to patent the letter "i? Yup, iPad, iPhone, iMac, iTouch, iTunes, iii!!!  Patent law is a funny thing.  You can patent just about anything, whether it's a physical object, process, workflow, gesture or even something like tying in Revit to an external database of information through a plugin. I wonder how many other patents Mr. Lopez has in store for the world, after today.  He is light years ahead of the rest of the world in regards to BIM, technology, the database and The Borg.

On the positive side, as I'm writing this, we have an MEP engineering firm in our office for Revit MEP training. I asked them what they have to go through now to figure out what light fixtures they could use to get from LEED Silver to LEED Gold, what it takes to update their drawings, ceiling plans, electrical panel design and energy calculations.  They just kind of looked at me like I was nuts for even suggesting there was a way to do that.  Well, now you can.  Remember, the future will be led by EnergyStarchitects, those who embrace these technologies to quickly and efficiently design buildings and incorporate efficiencies from the design phase to owner/operator phase. 

1st Pricing to Simplify Sustainability Options with New BIM Patent

April 20, 2010: Signal Hill, Calif. – 1st Pricing, a Southern California-based eCommerce and Technology Company, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the Company a “Notice of Allowance” (a precursor to a patent – approved not yet issued) that will grant additional intellectual property protection for their revolutionary Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology in the field of sustainable building materials – a “Green Indicating Method and System.” The technology works as an add-on to CAD programs. This plug-in allows architects and other designers to utilize libraries of real-world, commercially available products.

“Building Green is hard to do.” said Douglas Lopez, general contractor and Founder of 1st Pricing. “The two biggest obstacles to building Green (using sustainable and energy efficient building materials) are the higher material costs and easy access to key information. With our ability to access important product data including eco-friendly performance ratings, LEED credits and energy efficiency coupled with our eCommerce platform we can offer viable Green options through the click of a button and allow easy, online fulfillment of the exact product. Some of the items covered in the additional intellectual property protection are:
  • Green Data (meet predetermined environmental or efficiency criteria or both)
  • Communication Module between CAD and outside data sources
  • Inserting a Green schedule into the construction plan drawing
  • Exporting a Green schedule to a separate data base
  • Sending a Green Schedule back by itself or with pricing
Making access to external data or content such as LEED & Energy Star ratings, Geospacial information, RFID, product specification information and other related information both from within CAD and through online access is important to improving the entire process. It allows us to provide CAD users and all involved parties with precise, relevant information in connection with the environmental responsibility of a building, building component or building material automatically based on their design specifications.” said Lopez. “We are excited that the USPTO continues to recognize our unique contribution to the BIM process that we can deliver a content segment that will transform the process of building.”

With the click of a button, the 1st Pricing technology accesses an internet portal and pulls pricing and other data of multiple brands to fill out a detailed bill of materials with all related content, on demand. An online shopping cart is also automatically created for easy fulfillment from a local material distributor. Changes and updates are made within seconds so that everyone is on the same page. Today, the Company is focused on building materials for residential construction but plans to add commercial building products in the near future. In the CAD industry, the supply chain component is often referred to as the “fifth dimension of CAD” or 5D. The Company takes it a step further to eCommerce calling it 5e to represent supply chain eCommerce.

“Our technology transforms a set of plans from an interpretive document to a declarative statement,” adds Lopez.

About 1st Pricing
1st Pricing currently offers free plug-ins for users of  TurboCAD® AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD Revit®. A Plug-in for Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD® is currently in beta and is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2010. More platforms will be released during 2010. The 1st Pricing technology was initially released in TurboCAD in 2003.

1st Pricing is part of California Distribution Center (CDC), a building material distribution company focusing on fenestration products. CDC Also operates 1st Windows.com - the only site on the Internet that offers instant, real-time, dynamic pricing and purchase of both replacement and new construction windows. The website, which also offers doors, skylights and acrylic glass block windows, has been online since April of 2000.
Press contact: John Maddocks
(562) 494-3660  
john@1stpricing.com www.1stpricing.com
Thomas Kemp
(949) 494-1757
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