by Ed Goldberg AIA, NCARB
CHICAGO, IL (Greenbuild 2010 Int'l Conference and Expo) - Trelligence Inc. and Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) announced a partnership at Greebuild. The planned integration between these industry pioneering software tools will enable architectural teams to conduct sustainability analysis based entirely on program data, prior to schematic and detailed design.
The ability to extend analysis to the earliest stage of building projects, maximizes the benefit of sustainable analysis to firms and helps the entire architecture team maintain focus on the sustainability and environmental impact of a project from the beginning to the end of its lifecycle. Already in development, the planned connection between Affinity and IESVE software tools will provide architecture teams with the ability to capture program data and auto-generate conceptual floor plans and stacking diagrams in Affinity, then run sustainable analyses using IESVE. Using either VE-Tools embedded within Affinity or exporting to the VE for access to the full range of analytical tools, designers will be able to determine the most efficient floor-area-ratio before room layout is considered, and can continue sustainable analysis into the schematic design phase. Using the fast iterative design capabilities of Affinity and the VE, design teams can run various design layouts and scenarios with clients and project team members, while simultaneously conducting real-time analysis against energy and other performance metrics for optimal sustainability. Using Affinity’s bi-directional integration with ArchiCAD and Revit, designers are able to load the schematic design into BIM and continue to track the detailed design as it progresses against initial requirements.
Trelligence is a US-based software company that is uniquely focused on enhancing the early architectural design process with real-time design analysis tools that enable early compliance analysis and enhance project team collaboration. Trelligence Affinity patent-pending software integrates with ArchiCAD,Revit Architecture, and SketchUp to extend the benefits of BIM – faster planning, less costly rework, and enhanced collaboration – to the early design phase of complex building projects.
New IES VE-Gaia early stage analysis additions double capabilities for architects at no extra cost! The 4 tiers of the IES increase in level of detail, but all have the same rigor and analysis engine behind them. The capabilities of VE-Ware, VE-Toolkits, VE-Gaia and VE-Pro cover a wide variety of sustainable tasks and analysis that you need to undertake at different stages of a building’s design and lifecycle.
VE-Gaia now provides in-depth sustainable analysis across the following:
- The Architecture 2030 Challenge
- Climate Interrogation/Bio-Climatic design
- Energy Use/Carbon Emissions
- Peak Building Loads
- Low/Zero Carbon Technology Feasibility
- Solar Shading/Daylight
- Natural Resources/Water
- Building Metrics/Materials Review
VE-Gaia sells for $1,000, and is the perfect early energy analysis tool for the Architect.
For more information on VE-Gaia go to VE-Gaia. A free 30 day download trial version is available here.
This author also recommends the VE toolkits for LEED, and the SketchUp analysis tools. All these can be downloaded at http://www.iesve.com/Software/VE-Ware