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  1. I have a questionnaire related to Passivhaus - would any of you in this or related work be interested in answering ten questions (some of which may help you think about your own practice). I'm working on achieving a better fit between Passivhaus and related design (also at industrial / commercial scale). Despite Passivhaus being a step change in building performance their gardens and landscapes are the same as conventional; a huge lost opportunity as to want Passivhaus means the client can think ecologically and holistically. Features / considerations would include: • Using plants to deplete local CO2 for air-intake (plant science and orchard related) • Manipulating tree shelter to split fog, rain and snow for better stormwater control (exploiting isotopic forms of water). • Planting-integrated PV arrays and wastewater/septic fields (selected low, and shallow-rooting plants) • Careful planted shading to control decrement delay..., (also manipulating when a plants leaves fall) and promoting a deeper level of landscape than most clients are willing to consider e.g. wildfire planning (no one is doing despite drastic changes in wildfire behaviour). I have a background in plant science, ecology and industrial ecology and facilities maintenance as well as landsape architecture and management. I'f I get any feedback I'll put the questions up here, or on my blog.
  2. Hi All, Our practice has recently signed up to 'Architects Declare', and we're trying to take this commitment seriously. Some of the declarations we (and many other architects) have signed up to as part of this: 'Include life cycle costing, whole life carbon modelling and post occupancy evaluation as part of our basic scope of work, to reduce both embodied and operational resource use.' 'Accelerate the shift to low embodied carbon materials in all our work.' 'Minimise wasteful use of resources in architecture and urban planning, both in quantum and in detail.' In light of this: 1- Is there any plug-in, module, or functionality, which would help us to calculate embodied carbon in our Vectorworks models? (Or by exporting our Vectorworks models/data from our models). For instance, Hawkins Brown have created a Revit plug-in to help with this. Is there a Vectorworks equivalent available, or in the pipe-line? 2- As above, but for life cycle costing/ whole life carbon modelling 3- As above, but for linking Specification of materials to Vectorworks models 4- Is the Energos module useful/accurate? And is it still being developed? There is not much information available on this online, apart from a few short videos (mostly from 2016). If anybody has used this a detailed review of its capabilities, and maybe a real life use example would be great. Quite a broad question, generally we are trying to get a handle on any tools we can use to help us evaluate and create more sustainable/ low energy use/ low embodied carbon buildings. Thanks! A
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