WHO, WHAT, WHY OF ENERGY DESIGN TOOLS
More and more, architecture professionals and their clients are prioritizing issues of energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and indoor air quality. To help design buildings that address these issues effectively, the software market offers a range of building simulation and design tools.
But how widely are these tools used, and how well do they meet the needs of the users they are designed to help? Published 2001.0606
GREEN CAD AND 3D DESIGN SURVEY
Environmentally conscious, "green" design has gained a respectable following among those already inclined to see the world through emerald lenses. Everyone else is waiting to see if it's worth the trouble.
One barrier has been a lack of truly usable building energy simulation tools. To build these, software developers need to understand the design process through the eyes of nonengineers. However, a new survey uncovers subtleties in how design software is applied in practice. Published 2000.0621