Graphisoft's ArchiCAD and EcoDesigner - Simplifying Sustainable Design
Yaakov, co-founder of buildaroo.com, interviewed Eric Bobrow (of Bobrow Consulting Group) and John Stebbins (of Digital Vision Automation, Inc.) about ArchiCAD at the Dwell on Design 2009. Eric and John both represent Graphisoft, the manufacturer of ArchiCAD, as resellers of their products. ArchiCAD is a virtual design software that allows a designer to create a 3D model of a building project on the computer! Also known as BIM (Building Information Modeling), this high tech software allows builders and designers to create quick and efficient models of their project on the computer screen.
According to Eric, ArchiCAD "can analyze the building's performance for sustainable design and for energy usage." And a software add on called the Graphisoft EcoDesigner, allows users to access accurate green information about their project faster. Not only does this software allow clients to view a 3D model of their house, but clients can also view working drafts of their floor plans. As you enter more information into the project, EcoDesigner allows you to specify the eco standards each product inside the house meets.
The ArchiCAD software has perfected the method of building your house digitally prior to building it physically. The company claims that use of this software saves a lot of material waste because clients have a better sense of what the house looks like before they begin building. This software also allows statistical comparisons of different housing features. For example, the builder can price compare as well as energy compare two different model homes! This software reduces waste and is extremely convenient and time saving. For more information about this product check out the Graphisoft website. And keep looking through our site for more videos of sustainable companies and products.