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    PassivHaus Design Primer

    Download a basic guide to PassivHaus design, issued by the UK's Building Research Establishment (BRE) to aid developers, architects, and self-builders. The PassivHaus standard is a well-defined, ultra-low-energy construction standard first developed in Germany and used today in Europe and the United States. Dwellings constructed to the standard maintain high indoor air quality while reducing space heating energy needs up to 90 percent compared to the existing building stock, by incorporating high levels of insulation and efficient heat-recovery ventilation and achieving a virtually airtight building shell. Over 7,000 dwellings have been constructed in accordance with PassivHaus principles, which can be applied to residential, commercial, industrial, and public buildings. Free download.


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    Anchoring Dimension Stone

    The Marble Institute of America offers a technical bulletin on the practice of mechanically anchoring dimension stone. Prepared as a general guide for tradespeople, the bulletin provides valuable insight about how stone-anchorage devices interface with the stone panels and the building structure. Common anchorage devices are discussed, as well as some guidance about why certain anchor device selections may be more appropriate than others in particular situations. Free download.


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    How 3D Printing Works

    Physical 3D models communicate a designer's vision in a dramatic way. Until recently, the quick and affordable physical prototype has been an oxymoron. Z Corporation offers a white paper that discusses the inception and evolution of 3D printing, explores in depth how a 3D printer produces a physical model, and examines the defining attributes of a Z Corporation 3D printer and the technology decisions that produced them. On-demand prototypes can help improve communication, shorten design cycles, improve accuracy, eliminate costly mistakes, trigger unexpected ideas, drive innovation and quality, and improve collaboration. Free download.


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    ANSI/BHMA Standard for Materials and Finishes

    The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is offering a free download of ANSI/BHMA A156.18-2006, the American National Standard for Materials and Finishes — useful when specifying hardware on a wide range of project applications. The standard establishes finish test methods and code numbers for finishes on various base materials. Performance tests are outlined. Architects need to consider the intensity of use and durability expectations, along with a project's overall design aesthetic. The document is available free for a limited time only. Complete a short survey for access to the download.

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    Next Generation of Piranesi 2010 - 3D Design Visualization Software

    With Piranesi, Informatix provides a solution that operates alongside the leading CAD solutions, like Autodesk or Google SketchUp. This solution can turn the simplest of initial designs into breathtaking non-photorealistic presentation images for clients and prospects alike. Informatix believes Piranesi 2010 Pro will be the first product to market that allows users to create true 3D Anaglyph images. Armed with 3D glasses, which ship with the product, these images give a truly amazing 'depth' view of the proposed design." Download a free 30-day trial.

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    Improving Construction Efficiency and Productivity with Modular Construction

    The Modular Building Institute has published a white paper citing a report by the National Research Council (NRC) that identifies modular construction as an underutilized resource. At the request of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the NRC convened an ad hoc committee of experts to identify technologies, processes, and deployment activities that have the greatest potential to significantly advance the productivity and competitiveness of the U.S. construction industry in the next 20 years. The committee suggested five potential breakthroughs, including "greater use of prefabrication, preassembly, modularization, and off-site fabrication techniques and processes." Read more and download the white paper.

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    Free CAD Software

    DoubleCAD™ XT works like AutoCAD LT®, but is free. It contains many new, innovative features, such as transparent fills, draw order by layer, hide objects regardless of layer, snap prioritization, self-healing walls, self-aligning blocks, brush editor, Bezier curves, input multiple unit types "on the fly," automatic scaling of units between drawings, one-step splitting of objects, advanced polyline editing, parametric variable palette, modern handle-based editing, exploded viewports, and smart dimensions. Import and export twice as many file formats as AutoCAD LT 2010, including strong .SKP compatibility. Awarded highest five-star rating from the review editors at CNET. Free download.

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    Specification Management Software

    The e-SPECS® specification management software from InterSpec automates the preparation of project specifications by extracting product and material requirements directly from CAD drawings or BIM models. Each unique item in the drawings can be linked to your choice of master guide specifications to specify the product or material identified. Specifications are updated instantly as drawings are developed. The built-in browser facilitates selection of available products that meet your specifications by linking to supplier information. Integrates with Autodesk® AutoCAD® and Revit®-based applications, and with all versions of AIA's MasterSpec®, the industry standard for construction specification documents.

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    Vectorworks Architect 2011

    With Vectorworks® Architect 2011 software, you can create building information models without giving up the ease of design you're used to. Whether you're looking to streamline costs, analyze materials, increase your energy efficiency, or just create world-class designs, with the Vectorworks Architect solution, BIM just works. Enjoy the robust and flexible capabilities of BIM with the ease of design, great documentation, and intelligent tools that the software is known for — right from the start. Download a free 30-day trial.


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    Improve Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

    Clean Air–Cool Planet offers a free guide on how to improve the energy efficiency of historic buildings, from private residences to community buildings and museums. "Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Historic Preservation: A Guide for Historic District Commissions" includes an introduction to local energy and sustainability committees for historic preservationists, specific ways for preservationists and local energy groups to work together, details about energy-efficiency measures that protect historic value of properties, examples of successfully employed renewable energy applications, answers to frequently asked questions from building owners and members of local energy committees, and resources for further information. Free download.

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    Decentralized Ecological Wastewater Treatment

    Worrell Water Technologies offers a free white paper, "Creating a Sustainable Water Infrastructure for the 21st Century," which discusses the challenges presented by the aging drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure in the United States, and the potential benefits of implementing decentralized, ecologically engineered treatment technologies. Such technologies include constructed wetland systems for processing wastewater, such as the company's Living Machine®, which simulates tidal flow; as well as stormwater wetlands, rainwater harvesting systems, air-conditioner condensate harvesting, and water efficiency devices and practices. Benefits include reduced creation of sludge from wastewater and reduced energy demands and greenhouse-gas emissions. The paper outlines a strategy that supports the rehabilitation of existing critical infrastructure while focusing the application of new ecological treatment systems in areas of rapid growth or failing existing systems.

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    Sustainable, Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

    The nonprofit organization Reconnecting America has issued a white paper: "Realizing the Potential for Sustainable, Equitable TOD: Recommendations to the Interagency Partnership on Sustainable Communities." The paper includes an extensive list of recommendations for each of the three agencies in the new interagency partnership: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Reflecting input from a variety of stakeholders involved in transit-oriented development, affordable housing, and community development, the paper provides a short history of previous federal efforts to promote livable communities and highlights successful local, state, and regional programs. Free download.

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    Free Pocket Guide to Brick Construction

    Acme Brick Company offers a free "Pocket Guide to Quality Brick Construction" to registered architects. The 127-page reference book includes brick size and weight information, mortar cost calculation, cold weather masonry requirements, brick wall properties, flashing and weep hole details, and wall costs per square foot based on three brick sizes. The book is a detailed, authoritative manual for anyone dealing with masonry. Acme Brick is the largest U.S.-owned brick company, established in 1891.

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    Planning Workspace Changes for a Changing World

    Download a free white paper from Interior Architects, authored by principal Kay Sargent, about how offices and workspace are evolving in light of the global financial crisis and also demographic, social, creative, and technological changes. The paper offers strategic suggestions for how to rebuild and reposition the workplace for optimum performance, taking a look at how design, globalization, sustainability, and disaster preparedness might affect real estate decisions. What are the factors and realities that companies need to understand and leverage to cut their losses, rethink the workplace, and profit? What changes must be made and why? How do companies successfully determine and control the appropriate action for their unique situation? Click to download PDF...

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    Design Tools News Headlines

    Greener Buildings through Energy Analysis Tools — AECbytes, 2010.1202

    Making the Switch - AutoCAD to Revit — Cadalyst, 2010.1202

    Dassault Releases Abaqus 6.10-EF — Dassault Press Release, 2010.1202

    Rendering Farms in the Cloud — IT Business, 2010.1201

    Vectorworks and SimTread Win Japanese Good Design Award 2010 — Planet Vectorworks, 2010.1201

    NVIDIA NVS 300 Handles 8 Displays — NVIDIA Press Release, 2010.1201

    Google Earth 6 Adds 3-D Trees, Integrated Street View, to the Mapping Application — Los Angeles Times, 2010.1130

    ArchiCAD Sweeps Build Live Tokyo 2010 Competition — Graphisoft Press Release, 2010.1129

    CAD to Go — Cadalyst, 2010.1129

    KeyShot 2 — Cadalyst, 2010.1124

    AIA TAP 2010 Conference — AECbytes, 2010.1118

    Full-Scale Visualization: More Is More — Cadalyst, 2010.1118

    Using ArchiCAD for LEED Calculations — ArchitectureWeek, 2010.1117

    Graphisoft Offers "Green BIM Bundle" — Graphisoft Press Release, 2010.1117

    Updated Clipboard Manager for AutoCAD Now Available — Autodesk Labs Blog, 2010.1117

    Shake Up Your Brain — Cadalyst, 2010.1117

    Simplifying Access to Laser-Scanning Data — Cadalyst, 2010.1117

    New IES VE-Gaia Early Stage Analysis Additions Double Capabilities for Architects at No Extra Cost — IES Press Release, 2010.1116

    Do More and Better Work by Being Present — GigaOm, 2010.1115

    Opinion: Unlike Disco, Building Information Modeling Is Here to Stay — West Michigan Business, 2010.1112

    A Personal View of Newforma as a Process and Information Model Tool — AECbytes, 2010.1111

    IMAGINiT Launches "Scan to BIM" Software for Revit — Avatech Solutions Press Release, 2010.1111

    Equip Your Workforce for Success on the Road — Cadalyst, 2010.1110

    IES Releases LEED Energy Modelling Tool — IES Press Release, 2010.1109

    AutoCAD for Mac Now Available in French — Between the Lines (blog), 2010.1109

    Share BIM Models with Virtual Building Explorer — Cadalyst, 2010.1104

    Lightmap Releases HDR Light Studio Version 2 — Lightmap Press Release, 2010.1102

    AutoCAD 2011: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things — Cadalyst, 2010.1028

    3-D Thermal Models Keep Pace with Complex Wall Assemblies — Daily Commercial News and Construction Record, 2010.1028

    Autodesk License Management — Cadalyst, 2010.1027

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