Autodesk has announced that its Green Building Studio web-based service now provides more recently documented hourly weather data for 1.6 million virtual weather locations around the world, now including Australia, New Zealand, Central and Southern Europe, India, China, Japan, Philippines and South Korea.
Green Building Studio is an online software-as-a-service (SaaS) application, which helps designers and architects working within a building information modelling (BIM) process to perform whole-building energy and water analysis, optimize efficiency and work toward carbon neutrality earlier in the design process. With faster, more accurate performance analysis of building design proposals, designers and architects can evaluate sustainability earlier and build more energy-efficient structures.
BIM is an integrated process for exploring a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally before it is constructed. Coordinated, consistent information is used throughout the process to design innovative projects and conduct analysis from the earliest stages. This enables better visualization and simulation of real-world appearance, performance and cost. Adopting a BIM process also makes it possible to prepare accurate documentation and deliver projects quicker and more economically, while lowering environmental impact.
"Architects and building engineers working on new projects or renovations have a unique opportunity to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and in so doing address the climate change crisis," says John Kennedy, senior manager, sustainable analysis products for Autodesk AEC Solutions. "To do this effectively, building professionals must pay close attention to designing for specific local climatic conditions. Giving our users access to a huge data set of hourly, site-specific and more relevant weather information represents a significant step forward.”
The previous version of the Autodesk Green Building Studio service mainly supported weather locations based on large airport sites. The 1.6 million virtual weather locations now supported by the service are located no more than 14 km from any given project location covered by the new data set.
The new virtual weather locations were developed using weather data from a variety of public sources, such as airports, ocean or river buoys, and aircraft and satellite readings. An observations-based physics model was then generated for each region.
Access to the 1.6 million virtual weather location data set is available now to subscribers of Autodesk Ecotect Analysis 2010 during the term of their subscription.