GRAPHISOFT have created EcoDesigner, a finite element building energy evaluation add-on integrated in ArchiCAD
The use of energy modeller software used to require proficient building services expertise. EcoDesigner allows architects to compare the sustainability of various design options and change the project in the early design phase, when it is still easy to do so.
The complete integration of dynamic energy evaluation into the CAD environment is only offered by GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner. This technology generates accurate results 80% faster than stand-alone energy software. Dynamic energy analysis combined with intuitiveness and ease-of-use makes EcoDesigner for ArchiCAD the number one building energy information modelling tool on the world's BIM market. EcoDesigner is sold in more than 102 countries in 19 language versions by GRAPHISOFT partners.
The development of Virtual Building Explorer is based on very strict Quality Assurance (QA) standards. The code is regularly tested with automated tests covering the majority of the functions. Dedicated QA engineers are assigned to new development projects to guarantee smooth integration into the source code. Responsibilities include continuous monitoring of quality, data safety and usability.
The yearly release cycle is divided into critical development milestones preceded by thorough quality checking periods:
- Alpha: Internal QC tests by QA engineers
- Beta: Internal and external tests involving users worldwide. Tests on real projects.
- Release candidate: Automatic and manual internal tests on all supported operating systems.
EcoDesigner is the world's first fully CAD-integrated finite element building energy modelling application.
The majority of energy calculation inaccuracy is the result of faulty building geometry data input. In case of conventional energy analysis software, geometry data have to be entered manually or via data import from an external CAD source. EcoDesigner obtains all the necessary geometry and structural property data directly from the ArchiCAD virtual building model; therefore, the calculation input is 100% accurate.
The integration of dynamic energy simulation into the Building Information Modelling environment is a unique differentiator when comparing EcoDesigner with any other energy analysis software.
EcoDesigner was first released in 2009 and the current version is compatible with ArchiCAD 14, running on both Windows and Mac OSX platforms. EcoDesigner is sold in more than 102 countries in 19 language versions by GRAPHISOFT partners.