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Active HVAC Systems

Mechanical Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems help keep building occupants comfortable when passive design strategies aren’t enough. To design efficiently, don’t oversize the system, choose efficient components, and optimize the whole system.

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Thermal Loads

Thermal loads are the amount of energy needed to be added or removed from a space by the HVAC system to keep occupants comfortable. Right-sizing the HVAC system the HVAC system requires understanding the heating and cooling loads within the space. High performance buildings seek to reduce these loads as much as possible, and meet these loads as efficiently as possible.

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Building Science Fundamentals

High-performance buildings use far less energy, water, and money to run them. Building science is fundamental to high performance building design. Learn building energy fundamentals and how to apply strategies like passive heating and cooling to your projects. This will provide a strong foundation for getting the most out of building performance analysis software.

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Building Performance Analysis Certificate (BPAC)

The Autodesk Building Performance Analysis (BPA) Certificate Program is a free, online self-paced educational program, comprised of 7 course modules, for students, educators and professionals.

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Performance Based Conceptual Design with Vasari and Revit
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Performance Based Conceptual Design with Vasari and Revit

Using analytical tools early in the conceptual design phase can facilitate more informed design decisions. Learn how to use Autodesk® Vasari as a tool for iteratively creating and comparing conceptual designs with analysis.

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Modeling Basics in Vasari & Ecotect

Modeling in BIM is an in-depth topic that this site is not meant to fully address. However, because basic geometry often suffices for important early-stage analysis, you often don’t need to be an expert. There are several topics covered here briefly, including conceptual modeling and modeling topography.

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Ecotect Fundamentals Videos

These videos will introduce you to Ecotect and get you up-and-running with the tool so you can use it on your own projects. While Ecotect is a very powerful and flexible analysis and visualization tool, it can seem daunting to learn. Watching these videos will teach you about the user interface, modeling, analysis grids, the types of analysis available, and importing and exporting geometry & data.

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Photovoltaic Specification

The Green Building Studio contains a tool that helps you determine the payback period for photovoltaic panels on your building project. With a little math, you can also calculate PV potential on specific surfaces in Vasari.

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Vasari & Ecotect for High Performance Building Design

Learn workflows for building performance analysis using Autodesk Vasari and Ecotect. Learn strategic and holistic approaches for energy analysis, sun and shadow studies, daylighting, and more.

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3ds Max: Daylighting Visualization

Renderings from 3ds Max Design are based on much the same algorithm as Radiance and can produce physically accurate luminance and illuminance values. However, it is more difficult to work with the output.

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