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Greenbuild 2017: What’s New with Autodesk Insight

Ian Molloy
November 7, 2017

It’s Greenbuild 2017 and we have news to share.

Since we first launched Insight two years ago now at this very event, we’ve seen Insight being adopted at an increasingly fast rate by more people for more projects, when they were previously unable to conduct energy modeling as early and often as really needed.

As demand has grown, over the last year we’ve mainly been improving the speed and robustness of all our cloud infrastructure that makes Insight work. As such we don’t have our usual list of feature and workflow enhancements to show. Instead we’d like to share and celebrate the success of our customers and partners. Please swing by booth 1446 at Greenbuild to hear more and read on for more information.

But wait… what is Insight again?

If you’d like to refresh your knowledge about Insight quickly check out the following NEW short and easily digestible videos that cover all the most common capabilities and workflows with Insight, Revit and FormIt.

Autodesk Insight How-to Videos

Special News on the AIA 2030 Commitment

One news item that’s most closely related to our collective mission here at Greenbuild is that following the success of our initial collaboration on the 2030 Commitment with the AIA , we are very pleased to announce that we are extending our support into another phase of development of the 2030 DDx API with the AIA.

The AIA 2030 Commitment is a framework for helping the building industry to meet the 2030 Challenge: that  all New Construction and Major Renovation shall be carbon neutral by 2030. The 2030 DDx is a tool that enables any firm (not only architects!) to track their progress towards these goals and compare their performance against the industry’s overall progress in a secure and confidential way. The DDx API allows Insight (and other tools if they incorporate it) to automate that reporting directly from the energy model – a critical component to meeting the goals. As such the 2030 DDx and tools like Insight are starting to provide data that helps track and accelerate the industry trajectory towards the 2030 Challenge, as summarized in each of the AIA’s annual reports. Now, building on top of the success of our initial collaboration we believe this additional joint development will provide even more value to existing users and help others see even greater value of the commitment, conducting energy modeling as a standard part of every project and regular reporting to the DDx.

Customer Success Stories

Earlier this year we shared HOK’s story in detail along with Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and CTA Architect Engineers successes with Insight. Now we’re delighted to share a new case study from Dekker Perich Sabatini. What we think is especially great about DPS’s story is the sheer speed with which they went from initially adopting the Commitment to conducting energy modeling to reporting on all their projects, proving again that the commitment is well within reach and ultimately makes good business.

DPS Insight Case Study

We’re delighted to be joined in our booth this year by Clarke Morrison from Microdesk. As one of our platinum resellers, Clarke works with numerous customers in New England to help them realize the benefits of Autodesk solutions especially for more sustainable design.

Examples from three of Clarke’s customer are Boston-based Margulies Perruzzi Architects, who recently used Insight daylighting analysis to aid in the design of the interior fit-out and building envelope renovations for a global medical device manufacturer’s new customer fulfillment center. Build Health International, a non-profit that designs and builds sustainable healthcare facilities in impoverished regions of the world, is incorporating energy analysis into every project of theirs, starting in conceptual design. Sustainability for their projects is not a goal, but an imminent need. Jill Neubauer Architects on Cape Cod, MA is dedicated to building green, and recently implemented energy and daylighting analysis on the design of a new, waterfront residence on Buzzards Bay.

Partner Developments

Beyond our own development we’re also working with a number of software developer partners to leverage and extend beyond current capabilities to tackle other challenges in new and better ways. These collaborations vary in scope and purpose but as you will see each essentially spans distinct stages of the design to operate lifecycle – something we are working continuously to close the loop on.

FenestraPro has created an add-in for Revit that enables architects to design energy efficient building facades to comply with building regulations and required performance without compromising the aesthetic of the façade. Recently we’ve been working with them on a number of projects from their development on our Forge platform to R&D efforts with Autodesk’s Project Quantum. Look out for more news on Project Quantum and from FenestraPro next week at Autodesk University. In the meantime see the video below for how FenestraPro, Revit and Insight work together, with each tool providing input to the other, driving the model, and various design and performance metrics. It’s very cool!

FenestraPro with Insight

Trane TRACE(a part of Ingersoll Rand) has been the industry standard for design and analysis of buildings systems for nearly 50 years and now they are going beyond with the recent introduction of TRACE 3D Plus. We think the TRACE team deserves a round of applause following their recent release of TRACE 3D Plus. The new 3D modeler and the integration of the EnergyPlus™ simulation engine is a huge leap forward.  Through Revit/Insight gbXML export and use of the same engine (Insight also uses EnergyPlus), these tools compliment each other to address different energy modeling needs, from the early stage and overall big picture to high precision systems design and code compliance – all with better speed, consistency and reliability.

Trane Trace 3D Plus

Measurabl provide investment grade sustainability data, benchmarking and reporting for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). We’re working with Measurabl to show how Insight can use Measurabl data to quickly analyze large portfolios of existing building to help identify and prioritize deep energy retrofit opportunities. Check out Measurabl or visit them at Greenbuild booth 1255, not far from ours.

Actual EUI vs Modeled vs Total Optimization Potential for a Measurbl Portfolio

Visit us at Greenbuild and as always… we’re listening!

If you are at Greenbuild this year, stop by booth #1446 to say hello to me and my colleagues there. Contact us with your thoughts and questions any time at We are always keen to hear from you because only with your feedback can we continue to help more people achieve greater sustainability on more projects.

Ian Molloy

Ian is Senior Product Manager for Autodesk Insight. Ian has over 20 years of experience in the development and application of building energy and environmental performance analysis software to the design, construction and operation of higher performing, more sustainable buildings. He has a first class honors degree in Building Science and Mechanical Engineering as well as a degree in Mathematics. He is based in Boston where he works closely with Autodesk Revit, FormIt and Dynamo development teams, industry partners and customers all working to make the built environment better.