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Autodesk Green Building Studio Analyzes Energy and Water Building Options

Green Building Studio enables building designers to take a BIM building design from carbon-positive to carbon-neutral in minutes.

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According to Autodesk, Green Building Studio enables architects and other building industry professionals to take a Building Information Model (BIM) building design from carbon-positive to carbon-neutral in a matter of minutes.

Autodesk Green Building Studio

The Green Building Studio (GBS) Web service premiered in 2004 and now its analysis results meet ASHRAE Standard 140 and energy analysis has also been certified by the U.S. Department of Energy. Autodesk has purchased and added this Web-based service to its Building and Construction portfolio.

Carbon Neutral Green Building Design

The Autodesk "Green Building Studio" web-based energy analysis service enables architects and green building designers to evaluate how building designs and components impact energy consumption, enabling project environmental performance improvements early in the design process.

Compatible with the Revit Platform, Autodesk Green Building Studio operates with Revit® Architecture and Revit® MEP software, as well as compatible energy-analysis software.

Green Building Studio tools enable architects and designers to evaluate energy and water profiles and carbon footprints of building designs even if they were not traditionally trained to optimize the carbon footprints of a building design. A proper energy and water effectiveness design profile process requires extensive knowledge of local weather conditions year round.

Fuel, Electricity, Water and Carbon Building Analysis

The GBS web service analyzes a building model and provides a baseline report on the proposed building’s net consumption of fuel, electricity, water, and other resources, as well as a summary of the building’s carbon output.

The online service has a database of more than 50,000 hourly weather data locations, ensuring that building sites anywhere can be analyzed using accurate weather conditions within a 9 mile range.

Architects can get an updated carbon-footprint analysis in seconds based on revising aspects of the design using green techniques such as:

  • photovoltaic solar power
  • automated lighting controls
  • window glazing

By reorienting BIM model and changing fenestration, the resulting analysis can be used to optimize design features.

Autodesk Green Building Studio is a potential profit center for design professionals, and a visionary tool to improve the built environment. GBS runs on both Windows and Macintosh PCs.

Autodesk, Inc.
111 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA 94903
Green Building Studio



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