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ResolutionImageWhat’s your New Year’s Resolution? There’s always traditional self-improvement; eat healthier, exercise more, learn a new language. But what about improving your analysis and simulation skills? It’s easy to get comfortable with what’s familiar, but what’s familiar might not always be the most straight-forward or effective way of getting the information you need.

I’d like to challenge all readers to make a “BPA Resolution” of sorts. Whether it’s to brush up on the fundamentals, or learn a new software tool, we owe it to ourselves. Things are changing every day, and we need to make sure we keep up.

Here are some suggestions from our end as to what you could commit to.

  • Energy Cost Range provides a single, simple indicator of potential building energy use and the key factors that influence it.
  • Apply for the EnergyPlus Cloud technology preview and get advanced simulation results faster.
  • Use Lighting Analysis for Revit to perform fast and accurate lighting analysis for your Revit model. The service also offers automated daylighting analysis for LEED.
  • Visualize the solar impact on the faces of your Revit model using Solar Analysis.
  • Take one (or all) of our High Performance Building Design courses. These courses are online, free, and pre-approved for GBCI and AIA CEUs.
  • Use Revit Credit Manager for LEED to save time and money by automatically creating LEED submittals from Revit.
  • Compare energy conservation measures with financial metrics with ECMFin.
  • Capture existing building conditions with your iPad and create a 3D model ready for energy analysis using Project Rosenfeld.
  • Tally lets you calculate the environmental impacts of their building material selections directly in Revit.

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.