EcoDesigner STAR was last modified: March 31st, 2016 by DevSA
GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner STAR is an ARCHICAD extension providing a full BIM to BEM workflow. This enables designers to fully utilize and further extend ARCHICAD 19’s built-in building
energy modeling capabilities.
EcoDesigner STAR is built to serve highly energy-efficient building design by turning ARCHICAD Building Information Models (BIM) into multiple thermal zone Building Energy Models (BEM).
Architects can now enjoy the benefits of high-end building energy performance simulation and reporting without leaving ARCHICAD.
Low and net-zero energy building design is made easy for architects worldwide
with EcoDesigner STAR’s standard compliant energy simulation engine, advanced energy model visualization and documentation.
In addition to the integrated energy simulation functionality, EcoDesigner STAR’s advanced BEM export interfaces (such as gbXML and PHPP) allow full collaboration workflow with building energy consultants and enable data export from ARCHICAD to local building energy code compliance calculation applications.
EcoDesigner STAR offers a workflow that fulfills the most rigorous building energy efficiency rating standards, delivering accurate energy analysis for any design stage.
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EcoDesigner STAR can be used to evaluate building energy performance under any kind of circumstances and locations around the world.
EcoDesigner STAR utilizes a custom dynamic building simulation method that is valid worldwide. This allows users to precisely evaluate building energy performance in any climate or location.
EcoDesigner STAR’s analysis uses StruSoft’s VIPcore calculation engine that complies with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140-2007 Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs. This test method represents the industry standard for the quality assurance of simulation accuracy.
It is referenced by most major sustainable building design regulations worldwide, including LEED, Green STAR, BREEAM, DGNB and CASBEE, as well as most national standards that endorse dynamic simulation (e.g. ASNRAE 90.1, NatHERS, BCA Section J).
EcoDesigner STAR’s performance rating function helps architects compare the energy efficiency of design alternatives. In addition to being compliant with the ASHRAE 90.1 2007 (Appendix G: Performance Rating Method) standard specifications as referenced by USGBC LEED Energy 2007, the program’s baseline building reference file generation method offers a large degree of freedom to suit other performance rating regulations, as well.
In addition to the Performance Rating calculations, EcoDesigner STAR also executes Fuel Consumption, Primary Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emission calculations that can be used in documentations such as AIA Sustainable Practice in Architecture 2030 Goal or Energy STAR.
Monitor the entire project’s energy performance.
Control and optimize the behavior of spaces independently.
|ENERGY EVALUATION IN ARCHICAD 19||ECODESIGNER STAR FOR ARCHICAD 19|
|Availability||By default in every ARCHICAD 19 FULL, TRIAL and EDU||Add-on for all versions of ARCHICAD 19;
currently in AUS, CAN, DK, S, NL, EE, SA, UK, LT, SI, USA
|Standard Compliance||NA||ASHRAE 140-2007, ASHRAE 90.1-2007 (LEED Energy)|
|Workflow||Limited input, Compliant simulation technology, Limited report content||Compliant input, Compliant simulation technology, Compliant report content|
|BIM geometry and material property data export other than IFC||NA||gbXML, PHPP, iSBEM, VIP-Energy|
|Thermal Bridge Simulation||NA||Energy Flow and Thermal Imaging on the ARCHICAD 19 Detail|
|Building Systems||Basic Dialog only||Basic or Expert Dialog options|
|On-site Renewables||NA||Solar Photovoltaic and Wind Energy|
|Performance Rating||NA||Export/Import of PLN as Baseline Building, Automated Model Rotation and Recalculation (optional) Comparative Calculation|
|PDF Report||Simplified: Project Data only||Detailed: Project and Thermal Block Data, Performance Rating Results|
|XLS Report||Simplified: Monthly Results, Project Data only||Detailed: Monthly, Weekly and Hourly Results, Project and Thermal Block Data, Performance Rating Results|
|Results Comparison||NA||Baseline Building, Baseline Performance, Baseline Energy Costs|
|Additional Report Data||NA||Thermal Block Key Values, Thermal Block Energy Balance, Daily Temp. Profile, HVAC Design Data, Renewable Energy Sources, Performance Rating Table, Energy Consumption and Savings|