ArchiCAD 16 – three wishes granted

The latest incarnation of ArchiCAD – version 16 – is an instance of revolution and evolution. Graphisoft have introduced several new and beefed up a few of the old functions. The new features in ArchiCAD 16 may be grouped under three themes: the freeform Morph tool, improved IFC handling skills and EcoDesigner integration. All these are very much cutting-edge stuff. ArchiCAD 16 provides support for ‘wow’ architecture, Open BIM and the crusade against climate change alike. ArchiCAD... Read More

Super-low Energy Building Design with BIM

40% of global raw material consumption, as well as carbon pollution, is related to the building industry. As the conductors of building activity, it is the architects’ responsibility to design more energy-efficient buildings. Building Energy Design Tasks The European Union Directive 2010, 31 on the energy performance of buildings defines the future building energy design tasks of architects, in addition to their existing responsibilities. First of all, they must provide correct... Read More

ArchiMAG issue 1/2011

ArchiMAG issue 1/2011 The first issue of the year is out! By now, the new ArchiMAG issue should have reached all of our readers. The new issue 1/2011 is full of interesting articles. The ”hot topic” of this issue is a new Graphisoft EcoDesigner, which is introduced in the magazine by Miklós Sved, who is one of the software developers of EcoDesigner. The article gives great insight into the new EcoDesigner version and illustrates the use of EcoDesigner with a Hadlow Gollege... Read More

EcoDesigner

Isler House in New Zealand. Architect: Dave Chisholm EcoDesigner EcoDesigner is an add-on to ArchiCAD that enables the leveraging of data from a building information model for a topic of current interest: evaluation of the energy consumption and energy conservation of a building. This article first discusses the work process used with the program and then comments on a trial run. With EcoDesigner, architects are now able to assess the energy economy of a building in a feasible... Read More

Greener Buildings through Energy Analysis Tools

Design by Christophe Hébert Vijay Kanal and Kelly Flores from Kanal Consulting recently published an article on AECbytes. The article was about greener buildings and how they could be created with the help of energy analysis tools. The article describes some of the challenges related to choosing the right kind of program in terms of capability and complexity as well as the usage of these programs. Kanal and Flores also offer some tips for overcoming these issues based on their... Read More

Software articles in the 1/2010 issue

Isler House in New Zealand. Architect: Dave Chisholm Four great articles were written about different software in the latest issue of ArchiMAG magazine. Below you can find short introductions to the articles. Subscribe to receive the full magazine. ArchiCAD 14 ArchiCAD 14 continues to lead the way among building information modelling tools. Special emphasis has been placed on compatibility and efficient data transfer between different software. Cadimage – the Mathematics of... Read More