Designed for architects and built on AutoCAD software, AutoCAD Architecture offers the productivity of automated documentation, the efficiency of intelligent architectural objects, and the flexibility of file-based collaboration.
The building engineering software application that connects the design, documentation, and analysis of complex building mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems.
Autodesk Revit Architecture & Autodesk Revit MEP
Gain instant competitive advantage with the Autodesk Revit building design and documentation system, purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM). Change anything, anytime, anywhere, and Revit coordinates the change everywhere.
Bentley Architecture is an advanced, yet intuitive and easy-to-use architectural building information modeling (BIM) application that empowers architects and designers to create with unlimited freedom.
Bentley AECOsim Building Designer This single, integrated application includes tools for architectural, structural, mechanical systems, and electrical design and construction documentation. It fully supports large, complex, distributed models - enabling teams to deliver bigger and more finely detailed projects while taking advantage of the many benefits associated with BIM. Among these are an informed work environment that leads to better decisions and better-performing infrastructure, along with lower-cost and faster project execution.
Bentley Building Mechanical Systems
An advanced, yet intuitive and easy-to-use building information modeling (BIM) application that empowers mechanical engineers with unlimited freedom to explore more design options, make better informed design decisions, and predict costs and performance.
Bentley speedikon Architectural
Bentley speedikon Architectural is a fast, powerful, and integrated (BIM) application for MicroStation and AutoCAD building design and construction documentation of new and existing structures of any size and complexity, such as offices, airports, hospitals, and manufacturing plants.
Envisioneer is a true, award winning Building Information Modeling (BIM) solution designed specifically for the residential and light commercial markets. Design in 2D and 3D concurrently, produce detailed construction documents, framing components, and accurate material and cut lists. Apply interior and exterior design elements to your designs from furniture, flooring and countertops to roofs, terrains, and hardscape features. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
Vectorworks Architect 2013
With Vectorworks Architect software, you can create building information models without giving up the design freedom you need. Whether you're looking to streamline costs, analyze materials, increase your energy efficiency, or just create world- class designs, with the Vectorworks Architect solution, BIM just works. Enjoy the robust and flexible capabilities of BIM with the ease of design, great documentation, and intelligent tools that the software is known for - right from the start.
With direct support for gbXML, you can now easily export required information to communicate with a wide variety of energy modeling and analysis applications.
Note that active development has moved from the Legacy OpenStudio Plug-in to the more comprehensive OpenStudio suite of tools and libraries. Changes to the Legacy OpenStudio Plug-in will be limited to bug fixes and compatibility updates for new versions of EnergyPlus.
The Legacy OpenStudio Plug-in was created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy as an interface to the EnergyPlus simulation engine. Refer to the EnergyPlus webpage at energyplus.gov for an overview of the concept and features.
Green Building Studio (GBS)
A building energy analysis web service designed for easy integration with existing 3D-CAD/BIM software tools. Below are files that are produced by the GBS:
One of the most advanced and widely used building energy analysis engines.
The successor to DOE-2 that has advanced building analysis capabilities.
The most widely used graphical building energy analysis tool in the world.
VRML & X3D
Virtual Reality Modeling Language and its XML version used for describing 3D environments.
Autodesk Ecotect Analysis
A sustainable design analysis software is a comprehensive concept-to-detail sustainable building design tool. Ecotect Analysis offers a wide range of simulation and building energy analysis functionality that can improve performance of existing buildings and new building designs.
Bentley Hevacomp offers software for building performance design, simulation, and energy certification based on the EnergyPlus analysis engine. Hevacomp is used worldwide to predict a building's real-world performance and provide compliance checking and documentation for international standards.
Bentley AECOsim Energy Simulator
AECOsim Energy Simulator is a rigorous yet intuitive application for the design, simulation, and analysis of building mechanical systems, environmental conditions, and energy performance. Used in both design and retrofit work, the software contributes to better-performing, more sustainable buildings that consume less energy; provide greater occupant productivity, comfort, and safety; and control lifecycle operational energy costs for their owners.
AECOsim fully supports gbXML.
blueCFD-AIR is a brand new Graphical User Interface that allows a more efficient application of CFD to problems in buildings and structures. AEC professionals thus gain access to an easy to use and highly precise tool, to aid in the analysis of one or several design alternatives. It can import gbXML (Green Building XML) files generated by CAD and BIM applications, as well as other LEED applications that use gbXML for building and energy information exchange. The CFD capabilities used by blueCFD-AIR are provided by blueCFD-Core, which is a high quality cross-compiled build version of OpenFOAM for Windows; the possibility to couple to other software like STAR-CCM+ is planned for future versions of blueCFD-AIR.
An integrated building services design suite, covering both mechanical and electrical. Imports gbXML building data for use in services design, energy analysis and demonstrating compliance with Building Regulations.
A PC-based building energy simulation tool that helps architects and building designers quickly identify the most cost-effective, energy-saving design alternatives for small commercial and residential buildings that are less than 10,000 ft2.
DesignBuilder is a state-of-the-art software tool for checking building energy, CO2, lighting and comfort performance. Developed to simplify the process of building simulation, DesignBuilder allows users to rapidly compare the function and performance of building designs and deliver results on time and on budget.
DIALux. The free and complete software developed for professional light planning is open to luminaires of all manufacturers. A software by planners for planners. Used by many hundreds of thousands of light planners and designers worldwide. And their number is growing from day to day.
Create your virtual worlds simply and intuitively with DIALux. Document your results in breath-taking, photorealistic visualizations. Delight your customers with daylight and artificial light scenarios through which they can glide with wild camera runs. Rely on the CAD data of other architecture programmes and re-export your files easily.
Receiving data from an architect is the normal start for the lighting designer. Supported formats are DXF, DWG and STF. The latest innovation is the gbXML interface to DIALux. All mayor CAD manufacturers support this interface. The Green Building XML (gbXML) open schema helps to facilitate the transfer of building geometry and properties stored in a 3D BIM database (e.g. Revit, ArchiCAD) to analysis tools like DIALux.
Lesosai from E4 Tech is a software for the certification, thermal balance calculation of buildings containing one or more heated or cooled zones.
Lesosai allow a building life cycle calculation. It is designed primarily for building engineers, HVAC engineers and architects. It's certified for Switzerland, Luxembourg and France.
EnergyPro is currently certified for use with the California Title 24 Standards. It is the only Windows based program certified for use with BOTH Residential and Nonresidential Buildings. EnergyPro imports gbXML schemas for true interop with BIM authoring software.
CHVAC - Commercial HVAC Load Calculations
Chvac quickly and accurately calculates the maximum heating and cooling loads for commercial buildings. The cooling loads can be calculated with either the CLTD method or the new RTS (Radiant Time Series) method. The program allows an unlimited number of zones which can be grouped into as many as 100 air handling systems. CHVAC now imports/exports gbXML files and a video demonstration of that feature can be seen here.
Tas Building Designer simulation software from EDSL (www.edsl.net) is a new generation product, no old legacy code to slow you down. Try it for room load and plant component sizing, energy use and running costs, CO2 emissions, natural ventilation and passive design with solar shading.
greenspaceLive Energy Design and Analysis Tools
Our on-line products work together to provide you with an easy-to-use rapid workflow. Design activities start in gWorkspace, where facility owners, architects and energy assessors can share key information including building documents, site photos and plans. gModeller is a greenspaceLive plug-in for Google SketchUp, one of the most popular 3D modelling tools in the world. It turns SketchUp models into Green Building XML (gbXML) models which can then be analyzed for energy purposes using downstream tools.
gEnergyEPC generates government accredited Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's) in line with the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and building energy analysis reports. gDashboard presents rich information and reports about the full building portfolio managed by greenspaceLive.
HVAC Solution software is a 2D schematic software tool that helps users design air handing, airflow, hydronic and steam systems. It can import HVAC-related information from software tools such as Trane Trace and Elite CHVAC using gbXML.
RaumGEO is a german CAE application that has a gbXML-import-module for building data to calculate heating and cooling loads and energy requirements for buildings with mh-software. A 3D viewer lets you visually check and define the gbXML data before it is imported. Within RaumGEO the building data may be edited or completed before HVAC calculations are started. Calculated HVAC networks may be returned to any CAD system.
OpenStudio is a cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) collection of software tools to support whole building energy modeling using EnergyPlus and advanced daylight analysis using Radiance. OpenStudio is an open source (LGPL) project to facilitate community development, extension, and private sector adoption. OpenStudio includes graphical interfaces along with a Software Development Kit (SDK).
The graphical applications include the OpenStudio SketchUp Plug-in, OpenStudio Application, ResultsViewer and the Parametric Analysis Tool. The OpenStudio SketchUp Plug-in is an extension to Trimble's popular SketchUp 3D modeling tool that allows users to quickly create geometry needed for EnergyPlus. Additionally, OpenStudio supports import of gbXML and IFC for geometry creation. The OpenStudio Application is a fully featured graphical interface to OpenStudio models including envelope, loads, schedules, and HVAC. ResultsViewer enables browsing, plotting, and comparing simulation output data, especially time series. The Parametric Analysis Tool enables studying the impact of applying multiple combinations of OpenStudio Measures to a base model as well as export of the analysis results for EDAPT submission.
In addition to the graphical interface, OpenStudio allows building researchers and software developers to quickly get started through its multiple entry levels, including access through C++, Ruby, and C#. Users can leverage the Ruby interface to create OpenStudio Measures that can be easily shared and applied to OpenStudio Models.
Green Building Information System (GBIS)
GBIS is a CAD application that provides a bidirectional gbXML-based connection to the SOLAR-COMPUTER suite of calculation programs for buildings (energy analysis, heat load, and cooling load) and systems (radiators, heat piping, ventilation, and drinking water). GBIS enhances the gbXML file with internal CAD data. This allows for a very detailed building model and error checking. SOLAR-COMPUTER building programs can also import gbXML files directly.