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As part of our releases and announcements for AIA this week, we’re thrilled that integration with the AIA 2030 Commitment Design Data Exchange (DDx) is one of them. Over 350 firms have signed on to the AIA 2030 Commitment, which strives to provide “a consistent, national framework with simple metrics and a standardized reporting format to help firms evaluate the impact design decisions have on an individual project’s energy performance.”

Watch the video here.

From the 2014 Progress Report, the AIA stated that energy modeling plays a critical role in improving building design and modeling early in the process helps ensure that performance is part of the decision making process in the initial stages of a project. In addition to the importance that early energy modeling plays is the magnitude of impact energy modeling has on a project. The AIA reported that nearly 50% of modeled projects met or came close to achieving the 60% fossil fuel energy reduction, whereas nearly 80% of non-modeled projects fell below the 40% reduction range. More so, only 44% of projects were modeled in early design phases despite the fact that energy simulation carries more value when it guides big design decisions that are hard to undo later in the process.


Total Number of Whole Building Projects by Project Phase

Source: AIA 2030 Commitment 2014 Progress Report

Insight 360 already provides easy early energy modeling for architects and integrated design teams, and now provides automated AIA DDx reporting. If you’re one of those 350 firms, you know that you need to report your project data. You also know that until today, it can be a cumbersome and manual process. With integrating DDx reporting into Insight, the manual entry of your project data is eliminated.

You focus on designing better buildings, we’ll take care of the data processes.

Read the full announcement here and keep on reading for more information about how the DDx integration works.

  1. First you’ll want to enable the AIA DDx service. Do this by simply accessing your account (you must be logged into Insight 360) and selecting SERVICES.


You’ll be prompted to enter your API (Firm) and Client (User) Key. Both of these keys are provided to you by the AIA 2030 Commitment when your firm commits. More information is available here.


  1. After you’ve generated an Insight from FormIt or Revit and identified the key factors that are driving energy cost and performance, select Report to AIA DDx from the options menu for the model.


  1. Then you’ll have the option to review the information that will be reported to the DDx and enter any additional information required for reporting. Grey fields are automated by Insight 360 and white fields can be edited.


Press send, and tah-dah! Your project information will be sent to the AIA DDx interface and you can continue working on designing better buildings.



As you continue to design and make improvements to your design, you can update your submission with the latest information. You can also continue to edit projects directly in the DDx environment.

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.