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Sand Wars Documentary on TVO

Got to TVO media viewer to watch this documentary (available until Mar 30, 2018).

Most of us think of it as a complimentary ingredient of any beach vacation. Yet those seemingly insignificant grains of silica surround our daily lives. Every house, skyscraper and glass building, every bridge, airport and sidewalk in our modern society depends on sand. We use it to manufacture optical fiber, cell phone components and computer chips. We find it in our toothpaste, powdered foods and even in our glass of wine (both the glass and the wine, as a fining agent)!
Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms?  What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations?
Based on encounters with sand smugglers, barefoot millionaires, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

Here is the movie site: http://sand-wars.com/index.html

Below see a TED talk by the filmaker and the official trailer …

Saul Griffith on Energy Literacy

Presented by Dr. Saul Griffith of energyliteracy.com, with an intro by Allen Noren or O’Reilly Media. This webcast takes a scientific look (physics and chemistry based) at all of the earth’s energy resources, both stored (nuclear and fossil fuels) as well as renewable (solar, wind, wave, geothermal, tidal, wave, photosynthetic). This talk aims to inspire people that the problem is solvable with rational, data-driven development of the appropriate technologies, both in clean energy generation and in energy conservation. It aims to inject a rational perspective on the energy debate by showing the real numbers and potential of various energy sources to contribute to a balanced future energy supply.

Part 1

Part 2

Calculate a Life-Cycle Assessment from your Design Model with Tally for Revit

Tally Life Cycle Assessment Greenbuild 2014 Session

Published on Jan 27, 2015

Life Cycle Assessment at the Speed of Design – Greenbuild 2014 session by Jonathan Rowe (Autodesk), Roderick Bates and Ryan Welch (KieranTimberlake)

Comparing Environmental Impacts in Revit: Concept through Construction

Interpreting Tally Environmental Impact Reports

 

Tally Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

Daylighting Simulation at Four Architecture Firms

This Greenbuild 2015 presentation was published on Feb 2, 2015.

How do firms start a daylight simulation program in-house, how do they run it, integrate with project schedules, and use it to make better design decisions? Leading practitioners within four architecture firms will answer each of these in a rapid fire session that shows how great spaces get designed, informed by daylight simulation. In addition, LMN Architects, Mahlum, Callison, and Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill will each present case studies showing how daylight simulation was an integral part of the design discussion and decisions. Successful daylight simulation requires a balance between the quantity and quality of daylight. While LEED has criteria for ‘success,’ firms that use daylight simulation begin to understand how changing conditions throughout each hour, day, and year will interact with geometry and glazing properties to create too little, too much, the wrong kind of light conditions, or conditions that the design team intended. This information can be fed back into an energy model for more accurate energy use simulations, as many energy models do not adequately predict energy savings associated with daylight.

Lisa Heshong at Carnegie Mellon 2014

LISA HESCHONG is Vice President and Chief Building Scientist for TRC Energy Services. Located in Sacramento California, Heschong spent 30 years as a registered architect, and has devoted her career to a balance between research, writing, and building design. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and as Chair of the IES Daylight Metrics Committee. She is especially well known for her research showing a link between daylight and student performance, and she was recently awarded the James Haecker Award for Distinguished Leadership in Architectural Research by the Architectural Research Centers Consortium. Heschong has a B. Sc. from UC Berkeley, a Master’s in Architecture from MIT, and is the author of Thermal Delight in Architecture. In her lecture, Heschong will review how the growing demand for more daylight in our workplaces intersects with building design: from architecture, to interior design, energy system engineering, landscape design and urban planning, and will discuss the responsibility of building professionals and the impact of their designs on both the planet and the well-being of the building occupants.

Visualizing Design Performance

This collections of presentations and tutorials shall support the understanding of how we can use dashboards to measure key performance indicators while we develop architectural ideas from concept to detailed definition:

Replay of ArchSmarter’s “How to Create a Project Dashboard using Revit, Dynamo, and Excel” webinar.

 

Webinar – Working with Data: Revit Power BI

 

DynamoThoughts E004 Visualizing Building Data

This episode Bill Talks with Ryan Cameron about Visualizing Building Related Building Data. I first read his post on LinkedIn and we just had to have him on DynamoThoughts to talk about how he did it. We explore the steps to get started visualizing information from Revit in Microsoft Power BI. We hope this give you a great foundation to learn more about this subject in his LinkedIn post. Link to Ryan’s post https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/visual…

 

Flux Labs – Revit Scheduler

https://scheduler.flux.kitchen/

Easily create, edit, view and share Revit model schedules. In a few clicks get the data out of Revit and set-up online schedules. Built schedules can then be shared, sent or even pushed in Google Sheets or Excel.

 

Flux Labs – Flux Dashboard

https://dashboard.flux.kitchen/

So, you have a bunch of data in Flux and your project is ticking along. People are updating Flux data keys with increasing fidelity and the building is slowly taking shape. This simple dashboard tool lets you view and monitor your Flux data in real-time, always updating whenever data changes.

 

Flux Labs – Quartz Workflow

Start assessing envrionmental and health impact of your building at any stage in the design. Use Flux to connect your models with the open source Quartz database. To replicate the workflow, visit our community page! https://community.flux.io/articles/23…

 

Flux Labs – Revit and Excel Linked with Flux

https://labs.flux.io/scheduler/

Expand participation in the BIM process by moving data from Revit to Excel, and seamlessly merge updates from Excel back into your model. This workflow presents two blocks for the Flux Flow that make it very easy to export and import Revit data. /!\ The blocks presented in this video are custom! Please make sure to request them on the labs article (see email form) to be able to use them /!\