BIM – Toward a More Sustainable and Profitable Building Ecology

  Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is a digital representation of the physical and the functional characteristics of a structure. Its proliferation, during the last decade, has been a response to the increasing complexity of building projects. One explanation for the increasing complexity is the ongoing tension and interdependence between the different stakeholders. While the individual stakeholders appear to have … Read More

Tools Behind Building NetZero Energy Buildings

What Does Net Zero Energy Imply? A significant and necessary milestone was reached by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in September of 2015, by releasing a common definition for Net Zero Energy (NZE) buildings. The definition is as follows: “A Net Zero Energy Building is an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is … Read More

Building Design and Building Information Modeling Software: 3D vs. 4D

Many people who aren’t in the architecture or building management industry may not be aware of the difference between building design and building information modeling software. Though the two types of software may seem similar at a glance and sometimes contain the same sorts of information, they’re very different from each other in their function. Building Design Software Building design … Read More

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G2 Crowd Publishes Winter 2015 Rankings of the Best Building Design and BIM Software

Two platforms earn Leader status while DataCAD tops overall satisfaction rankings in crowdsourced report CHICAGO – February 5, 2014 – The first Grid℠ report for building design and building information modeling (BIM) platforms, published today by business software review site G2 Crowd, ranks seven products to help purchasers in their selections. The Winter 2015 report is based on more than … Read More