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Visualize Sustainable design with Ecotect software

Building and architectural firms must adopt new design practices to meet increasing requirements for energy and resource efficiency – delivering designs that minimize the environmental impact of new and renovated buildings, whist seeking opportunities to keep costs low

Autodesk Ecotect software can assist with:

Whole Building Energy Analysis – calculates the total energy use and carbon emissions of your building model on an annual, monthly, daily and hourly basis.

Carbon Emission Reporting – reports the carbon dioxide emissions for nearly all aspects of a proposed building, including on-site fuel use as well as emissions from power plants.

Day-lighting-calculates the daylight factors and illuminance levels at any point in the model or over the analysis grid, Helps to determine potential savings due to daylight-linked lighting design.

Water Usage and Cost Evaluation-summarizes estimated water-summarizes estimated water use inside and outside the building, based on the number of occupants as well as the building type.

Water Emission Reporting-summarizes estimated water use inside and outside the building based on the number of occupants as well as the building type.

Shadows and Reflections-simulation displays the sun’s position and path relative to the model at any date, time, and location. View how the sunlight enters through windows and moves around within the space.

Visual Impact – helps you to analyse site projection angles, assess obstructions, calculate vertical sky components for any point or surface, and visualize the no-sky line in any space.

Thermal performance-calculates heating and sensible cooling loads for models with any number of zones and types of geometry, and analyses effects of occupancy, internal gains, infiltration and equipment items.

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Mr Martyn Day, AEC Magazine

Ecotect blew me away, I had never seen anything quite like it before and it is something that every architect should have access to

Mr Khaled Al Jabi, Fusion Properties

Developer of Fusion Properties, Jutland Cresent, Green Star Multi-Residential PILOT tool, South Africa

The biggest challenge for a developer is trying to predict how a building is going to perform once it is completed. This is difficult because once a building is completed and commissioned, very few, if any, changes can be made. The cost and time implications, whether for the developer or the end user, with any such changes are prohibitive and sometimes not at all possible.

How many times has a developer discovered operational faults with the initial designs? This is where modeling software becomes an invaluable tool for the owner/developer. It allows for the proper scrutiny of the design of the buildings in order to produce a superior product. This becomes even more important during “green/sustainable” design, allowing for daylight harvesting, natural ventilation and reduced energy consumption. Inclusion of various building materials takes design review even further for optimal results that work with nature rather than against it.

A developer’s responsibility should not be limited to the design and construction of buildings, but also extend to the operational aspect of the building as it will remain occupied for decades to come.

All in all, Ecotect allows the developer/owner to scrutinize the viablility of the end product before construction even starts.”

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