AutoDesk Unveils Energy Modeling Software for Early-Stage Planning
Autodesk Revit BIM energy modeling software upgrade allows architects to design smart buildings from the ground up
The software development firm AutoDesk has developed an upgrade to their energy modeling software that will help architects and designers create efficient buildings from scratch. After announcing the release of their energy modeling software - Revit Architecture BIM - in 2009, the AutoDesk system has undoubtedly been proving its usefulness, but the ability to do early-stage planning was limited. Therefore, AutoDesk announced this 2011 upgrade.
By including more options with their energy modeling software, AutoDesk has opened the way for building professionals to coordinate the mechanical, electrical and plumbing aspects to design "smart buildings" from the ground up and to integrate sustainable practices into new building strategies as well as retrofit projects.
AutoDesk has competition for their energy modeling software from products such as the IES Virtual Environment software aggressively pursuing their market. But according to John Kennedy, a senior manager at AutoDesk, "without smart buildings there isn't a smart grid." In addition, he said that AutoDesk upgraded the abilities of the energy modeling software strategies because "these tools are very sophisticated but often are targeted for engineers." Off-grid communities can establish baseline criteria for smart energy management by utilizing this early-stage energy modeling software.