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Wow. Greenbuild 2016. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the launch of Insight 360, but here we are, one year later, with a whole new batch of exciting announcements that demonstrate our commitment to make the built environment better. Before we dive into these, let’s reflect back on some of the highlights from the past year.

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Of course, that’s not all, but just from the highlights you can see we’ve been continuously expanding and improving upon Insight’s functionalities. Many of these updates have come to be as we speak with more and more users and learn about how they are implementing Insight 360 on their current projects. You can be sure we will be carrying forward this themed of continuous improvement into the next year and thereafter.

This year at Greenbuild we have a lot going on in terms of classes and special announcements. See below for the full schedule. Also be sure to read the full Autodesk Greenbuild press release for other great news in the sphere of sustainability.

WEDNESDAY October 5

10:30am – 11:30am City-scale Rapid Energy Modeling for Data-Driven Decisions
12:00pm – 12:30 pm EnergyPlus announcement with Amir Roth

Building Energy Modeling Technology Manager, Department of Energy

12:30pm – 1:30pm Easy and Economical Integrative Design: Process through Practice
2:30pm – 3:30pm New LEED Pilot Credit Announcement
4:30pm – 5:30pm Innovation Credit-How Economic Analysis Informs Sustainable Design
THURSDAY October 6
10:30am – 11:30am Design Decisions: Show me the Green
12:00pm – 12:30pm gbXML announcement with Stephen Roth

President, gbXML.org

12:30pm – 1:30pm Leveraging 3 Pillars of Sustainability Analytics

All classes and announcements occur in the Autodesk booth #L2349 in the Exhibit Hall

Now, what you’ve been waiting for—those Insight 360 announcements!

Utility Rates

In order to calculate the energy cost for your project, Insight 360 uses statewide averages for electricity and gas rates. Outside of the US, nationwide averages are used. Now, you can choose to use this average data, or enter more precise rates for your location.

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From the Settings tab, select Utility Rates… and enter your rates, or use the existing rates. If you apply your own, all the Insights in the project will update to reflect the new rates. Autodesk’s own consulting team has been using this capability with great success for projects with the United States Air Force. Hear more about it at the Wednesday morning session City-scale Rapid Energy Modeling for Data-Driven Decisions.

Building Retrofit Analysis

Not only can Insight 360 be used for new projects, but it is also a powerful tool for existing buildings and retrofit projects. The Building Retrofit Analysis allows you to compare actual building utility costs and recorded weather data for your model.

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For each model you wish to do a retrofit analysis on, open the model menu and select Building Retrofit Analysis. Enter the date range and utility costs, then select Generate. A new simulation will begin and a new Insight will appear with the tag Retrofit.

EnergyPlus Simulations

Autodesk has been investing in EnergyPlus for some time now. Recently, part of that investment was integrating EnergyPlus with Insight 360 was providing heating and cooling loads. The rest of Insight 360’s dynamic thermal simulation uses DOE-2.2. Now, we are thrilled to announce that you will have the ability to run the full dynamic thermal simulation using EnergyPlus.

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This service is available to everyone as a preview, and be sure to come back next week for instructions on how to enable and get access to this service. Also be sure to stop by the booth at noon on Wednesday to hear more about this announcement from Amir Roth of the Department of Energy.

gbXML Level 3 Certification

Earlier this year our friends at gbXML.org announced a new certification level for Building Information Model (BIM) and Building Energy Model (BEM) translation. Existing compliance levels require a range of validation and automated geometry translation, and the new compliance level, Level 3, includes a high level of automation and enhanced geometric accuracy.  This new level will enable the industry to use BIM and BEM tools with greater ease and confidence.

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Until recently, Level 3 compliance was undefined. We have been working with gbXML.org to define Level 3, and we are now delighted to announce that Autodesk has been awarded the status of Level 3 Partner. In partnership with gbXML.org we have established a detailed outline of what Level 3 compliance looks like, and in the near future, we will develop and document the test cases required to receive Level 3 compliance. With this partnership and development plan, Autodesk will be the first in the industry to receive Level 3 certification.

Hear more about gbXML.org and the certification process from Stephen Roth, President of gbXML.org, in the Autodesk booth on Thursday.

But wait, there’s more!

Yes, we will have more news next week! Those announcements will be around Revit integration and some very exciting updates to the lighting analysis capabilities in Revit. Check back next week for the full story, but I can guarantee you’re going to love them.

Stephanie Egger

Stephanie Egger is a building scientist and engineer, and passionate about reducing building energy use through education. She works on the Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Team where she exposes customers to the latest high performance building design tools and provides training on to how best use them. Previously she co-authored and launched a series of online courses that educate the next generation of designers. These courses and related certificate programs (Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Certificate) teach architects and engineers the basics of sustainable design and building performance through simulation and analysis tools. Stephanie pairs the creation of these educational offerings with the commitment to continuous improvement of building-design technology to enable designers to create sustainable and meaningful designs.