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GRAPHISOFT's EcoDesigner Star

GRAPHISOFT's EcoDesigner Star
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Courtesy of GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT has developed another tool for your BIM toolbox. This tool – the EcoDesigner Star – creates a streamlined energy analysis workflow. Essentially – architects can use their ArchiCAD BIM as a Building Energy Model (BEM). 

What does this mean for designers and energy consultants? Implementing BIM in your everyday design practice already requires less timeto complete and deliver an architectural project. Now, with EcoDesigner Star coordination and collaboration are further enhanced as those processes are shortened and more productive. Additionally, EcoDesigner Star offers standard-compliant energy analyses on the BEM and produces a detailed building performance report, all within the familiar ArchiCAD design environment. EcoDesigner supports authoring tools in ArchiCAD by fully inegrating energy evaluation and reporting, according to international energy standards into the BIM. 

Courtesy of GRAPHISOFT
Courtesy of GRAPHISOFT

EcoDesigner Star goes a step further than the original energy analysis that can be done in ArchiCAD. ArchiCAD performs quick energy analyses for architects that deal with conceptual & detailed design stages to support early design decisions. EcoDesigner Star performs quick energy analysis, for architects at the detailed design & documentation stages generating reliable reports ans analysis for standard compliant energy simulation according to international energy standards (ASHRAE 140). 

Why is this important? Buildings are the top consumers of energy overall and the top contributors to climate change – so it is imperative for architects to see the role they play in the global effort to reduce energy use and comply with global and local energy regulations. History has shown that design decisions made at the beginning phases of a project determine about 80% of the energy characteristics.  EcoDesigner Star can simplify that first step, calculating energy use at the very birth of the building, even before ground is broken or any foundation is poured. 

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Courtesy of GRAPHISOFT

What will you learn? EcoDesigner Star will be demonstrated and explained in an upcoming online seminar. The focus of the demonstration will be the M Labs research center, designed by Eurobuild, a company specializing in the design of low energy buildings. Eurobuild was one of the first design teams to utilize the easy-to-use, accurate, and streamlined EcoDesigner Star energy analysis workflow to generate reliable building energy evaluation on the M Labs project, at every stage of the design workflow.

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "GRAPHISOFT's EcoDesigner Star" 25 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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