Export and Import Revit Data to Excel using Dynamo

This tutorial shows you how to use Dynamo to create a two-way link between Revit and Excel


Sustainable Architecture in Vorarlberg: Energy Concepts and Construction Systems

Ulrich Dangel is an assistant professor at Texas A&M, a graduate of the University of Oregon and Universität Stuttgart. His professional experience at Foster and Partners and Grimshaw Architects includes landmark projects such as the Frankfurt Airport, the McLaren Headquarters, the Dolder Grand Hotel and the Eden Project. He was a 2009 recipient of the UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. 

Prof. Dangel will be presenting concepts from his new book, “Sustainable Architecture in Vorarlberg.” Vorarlberg’s successful combination of a simple, yet sophisticated regional building style with sustainable construction methods has culminated in a model for architecture worldwide. This lecture presents particularly successful projects of various typologies from recent years and portrays their development from design idea to built detail.

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.