With all the software options available, often times we jump between programs as some are suited better to certain aspects of design. Google SketchUp may be your software of choice for early design stages, as its ease of use does not limit schematic ideas from sprouting. Yet, now, with a new partnership between the Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) and SketchUp, expect to use the program more frequently.
The partnership is a great balance between SketchUp’s strength for early stage design work and IES’ strength in performance analysis and simulations. Now, users can analyze design iterations across a wide range of areas, such as energy, carbon, solar and daylight from very early in the design process, which will lead to achieving low-energy sustainable building design plus the ability to assess the economics of low/zero carbon technology and renewable energy use.
We look forward to using this new creation and we hope you do, too!