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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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I too would be very interested in learning how the current version of Vw and Energos can be used with tools such as the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3)

Building Transparency :: EC3 Tool

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7 hours ago, Asemblance said:

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.


I just did a search for ‘Energos’ on the Vw University portal and it returned ‘sorry - no courses found’.
 

Surely there has to be some in-depth Energos training videos (beyond those very short 2016 videos), especially since Energos was released over 4 years ago.

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2 hours ago, Jim Smith said:

@Asemblance This is a great idea! Can you put it in the Wish list to get voted up? 

 

Will do - I'll reformat it slightly for wish list and put up in the morning!

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1 hour ago, rDesign said:


I just did a search for ‘Energos’ on the Vw University portal and it returned ‘sorry - no courses found’.
 

Surely there has to be some in-depth Energos training videos (beyond those very short 2016 videos), especially since Energos was released over 4 years ago.

 

It is surprising how little information is out there! At a time when energy efficiency and sustainable design are becoming hot topics, I'm amazed Nemetschek aren't making more of a song and dance out of the Energos tool..

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Hi all,

 

This is a very interesting topic and one I've been involved with increasingly. As a starting point, I'd like to say we will be doing a Service Select Webinar on Energos this Friday the 13th at 2.30pm. See description below:

 

Climate change and sustainable design is at the forefront of today's conversation. Integrated design tools can help you be more efficient and make quicker decision during the design phases.

During the webinar attendees will learn how to assess the energy performance for a building design very early on in an integrated design process using regular evaluations during the design process. This will give the Architects, the power of being able to make informed design decisions and some metrics to back those decisions up regarding sustainable and energy efficient design. 

 

Learning Objectives: 

Discover the benefits of integrating energy performance evaluation into architectural design workflow

Explore how building's form factor and shape affects it’s energy performance

Learn how various opening shading percentages and different types of shading can guide your design decision based on the expected building performance 

Evaluate energy performance changes based on building elements boundary conditions and U-values

 

If you are interested in Energos I would definitely recommend joining in, for anyone outside UK we will be doing a repeat for US in spring, probably around May.

 

On 3/5/2020 at 10:54 AM, Asemblance said:

Is the Energos module useful/accurate?

 

Yes, very useful and accurate, but of course the accuracy will depend on the input you provide to the plug in. I find it very useful in architectural design workflow as a tool that helps you track the performance of your building throughout the design process, from early stages to technical design. I will talk about this process in the webinar.

 

On 3/5/2020 at 7:23 PM, Asemblance said:

It is surprising how little information is out there! At a time when energy efficiency and sustainable design are becoming hot topics, I'm amazed Nemetschek aren't making more of a song and dance out of the Energos tool..

It's one of the things we are trying to address as well, particularly in the current climate (pun intended) and particularly as we have the tools that Architects need to design sustainable and energy efficient architecture.

 

On 3/5/2020 at 10:54 AM, Asemblance said:

3- As above, but for linking Specification of materials to Vectorworks models

Are you referring to an NBS spec here? With Vectorworks 2020 SP3 it will be possible to integrate models directly with NBS Chorus and objects with spec clauses.

 

On 3/5/2020 at 10:54 AM, Asemblance said:

Is there any plug-in, module, or functionality, which would help us to calculate embodied carbon in our Vectorworks models?

On the Embodied Carbon front, we have looked into this and we have developed a workflow to calculate embodied carbon, based on the ICE database from University of Bath so something similar to what H/B:ERT does, only not in the form of a plug in as of yet. We have things in the pipeline that will enable users to calculate Embodied Carbon in a much easier way.

 

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Hi @Luka Stefanovic,

 

This is really interesting - looking forward to the webinar on Friday.

 

58 minutes ago, Luka Stefanovic said:

With Vectorworks 2020 SP3 it will be possible to integrate models directly with NBS Chorus

 

Will this work on Mac too? I know chorus is cloud based but previous NBS plugins were windows only if I remember correctly.

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@_James It will work on a Mac as Chorus is as you say cloud based and in a browser. Previously we were not able to integrate with them because they had only Windows based plug ins, but now they had gone browser based you will basically be able to open the browser from within Vectorworks and log into your Chorus account to link the Spec to the model

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Thanks for your responses @Luka Stefanovic all good to hear! Particularly looking forwards to finding out more about the workflow for linking the NBS spec information - hopefully there will be some documentation/ seminars on this subject once released..?

 

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