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The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community (TAP) serves as a resource for AIA members, the profession, and the public in the deployment of computer technology in the practice of architecture. TAP leaders monitor the development of computer technology and its impact on architecture practice and the entire building life cycle, including design, construction, facility management, and retirement or reuse.

    

  • 1.  Residential energy modeling

    Posted 19 days ago

    What are small residential firms using for energy modeling? HEED? Open Studio/Sketchup? Sefaira? Autodesk Insight? Most of our residential work is additions and renovations.

    We use Revit so it would be great to be able to use that geometry, but I wouldn't be opposed to using Sketchup.  I'm not sure such an animal exists, but we would love use one software to; show performance based code compliance, provide 2030 Challenge reporting, test different design options and show clients cost savings by investing in the envelope.



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    Thomas Ahleman AIA
    Studio Talo Architecture, Inc.
    Evanston IL
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  • 2.  RE: Residential energy modeling

    Posted 15 days ago
    Thomas, are you interested in software that can automate the construction of walls, roofs, and floors to meet building/energy code requirements? Or are you looking for software that can identify what is needed to comply with the code? 
    SketchUp allows you to create customized designs, but it can be challenging to implement significant detail across the entire project, especially when modifications are necessary. Sefaira can assist with certain aspects and provide reports based on geometric attributes, but it does not provide detailed modeling. However, Sefaira may encounter issues with excessive detail when used on a detailed BIM/VDC. 
     
    Have you considered the PlusArchitect BIM Plugin for SketchUp Pro or Sketchup Studio? Similar to Revit, ArchiCAD, or Chief, this plugin is parametric and can create detailed, quantified multi-layer walls, roofs, windows/doors, beams, stucture and floors. It will also generate shadow diagrams, Scenes, Tags, Styles, structural elements, and dimensioned construction documents in Layout from SketchUp.  Yet you cant give it a job address and expect it to automate the requirments according to code.  I hope that helps.  


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    Andrew Dwight
    Designer/BIM manager AAD Build
    BDM RubySketch
    Sydney Australia
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