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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual convention is this week in Philadelphia, and in theme with our continual updates and enhancements to Insight 360, we have some new releases we are highlighting at the event. Keep reading for more information on how these updates will enhance your Insight experience.


In partnership with the AIA, Autodesk is releasing a connection between Insight 360 and the AIA 2030 Commitment Design Data Exchange (DDx) in support of the AIA 2030 Commitment. Insight 360 already provides easy access to early energy modeling for architects and integrated design teams, and now it provides automated AIA DDx reporting. This connection will allow you to report your project’s performance to the AIA DDx from the Insight 360 interface, eliminating the need for you to manually re-enter information, and as it is automated, will encourage energy performance reporting throughout the design process, especially at those critical early stages.

Get more information and the video here.



Scenarios and Favorites

Scenarios are powerful aspect of Insight 360; allowing you to compare cost and performance information across different design options. For example, you can use scenarios to save different window-to-wall ratio options and compare the impact each option will have.


You can also apply those same saved scenarios across several different models, in addition to tagging a scenario as a favorite for easier access. This makes it more seamless to compare performance across multiple models. You can now apply a scenario (like window-to-wall ratio for example) to several different models and see what form will perform best.


You can also “favorite” scenarios that you want to be able to apply on any Insight project. For example, you might want to create a scenario entitled “reduced plug loads” and favorite it so you can quickly gauge performance across multiple models without having to manually set plug load values for each one. Since you favorited that scenario, you can now access it for any Insight project.



Updated Factors

We all know that window shades can reduce the need for HVAC use. We’ve added some new shading factors to Insight 360 that will allow you to measure the energy and cost impact shading devices can have on a design without having to physically model those shades in FormIt or Revit. This is a great way to quickly understand the influence and get an idea of shading devices sizing early in the design process.


That’s a wrap on the new feature announcements. With these new enhancements and the others that come along, we are continuing to lower the barrier to entry for energy and environmental performance. Be sure to read more about the AIA 2030 Commitment integration and if you’re at AIA, stop by the Autodesk booth and say hi! Full list of all our AIA activities here as well as the full Autodesk press release.


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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.