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Ecotect is a program that VectorWorks should be able to export to...

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It all looks great on paper & promos ...

but in the end all the inputs & outputs will need to be certified as correct and compliant to evolving non-proprietary regulated International Standards.

I have total confidence in NNA's proven abilities to adjust ballast with out sinking the ship.

The emphasis in all this rigamarole has to be on the ability of the USER to understand and to manipulate the data across multiple platforms and standards.

If specific code needs to be created or reverse-engineered, NNA engineers can certainly do it at a realistic cost and within predictable time.

VW Users have " ...nothing to fear but fear itself "

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Agreed, having the data in a format that was recognized industry wide would be crucial. Isn't that what BIM is about?

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I have total confidence in NNA's proven abilities to adjust ballast with out sinking the ship.

Well, I know one thing: with the Code for Sustainable Homes now in force this is one thing which we don't have the luxury of waiting to find out. We were pinning a lot of hopes of Ecotect.

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Hmm.. The bar has been raised. I know I'd find that capability useful....

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Thanks Christiaan. Such functionality would be very valuable in my work. It is one of the original reasons I committed to designing and modeling in 3d.

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Of course I wouldn't have the first clue as to what NNA have up there sleeve, if anything. So it's not surprising there's none I know of.

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Architosh article on EcoDesigner:

EcoDesigner itself was conceived as an energy analysis tool for designers, not engineers. Viktor Varkonyi marked that architects using ArchiCAD are the primary audience for EcoDesigner. As such there was a lot of emphasis on making the product easy to use, simple to implement and fast. The idea is to make it fast for the architect designing the building to compare his design against other design options.

... 80 percent of design choices affecting energy efficiency are made in the early design phase. EcoDesigner is squarely aimed at the up-front design phase decision making that effects energy efficiency.

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Yeah. Real time energy modeling info would be huge. A real design advantage and the end product could save $$ for the life of the structure.

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Wow! Please can we have an Ecodesigner plugin for VW Architect?! I know it may not be a simple as the website Quicktime movie shows it to be, but surely it would be a big step forward! Let us hope that someone very clever in the bowels of Nemetscheck is working on this for VW 2010.

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