Autodesk has made two additions to its portfolio of BIM tools for sustainable design. The first is the purchase of Ecotect, software developed by Square One Research and its co-founder and head of R&D, Andrew Marsh. Ecotect measures how environmental criteria like shading, lighting, and airflow affect a building's performance. The second is the acquisition of Green Building Studio Inc., whose web-based tools allow designers to perform whole-building energy, water, and carbon-emission analysis.
Bendheim has been named a Continuing Education Systems registered provider by the AIA. The glass company's first two programs, each of which is good for one health, safety, and welfare learning unit, are "Decorative and Channel Glass: Aesthetic Options, Safety, and LEED" and "Channel Glass Wall Systems." Both are available as in-office presentations where Bendheim has local representation. The wall systems program is also available as a self-study program at bendheimwall.com.
Furniture manufacturer izzy has acquired Jami Inc. and its four furniture brands: ABCO Office Furniture, Fixtures Furniture, Harter, and Zoom Seating.
ISO 15392, "Sustainability in Building Construction—General Principles," has been released by the International Organization for Standardization. The group says 15392 "establishes internationally recognized principles for sustainability" and provides the basis for a series of standards for buildings, materials, and more.
FormFonts (formfonts.com), a developer of 3-D building components, is partnering with Graphisoft to create and host online libraries of geometric description language, or parametric, building objects. The objects can be placed into ArchiCAD's workspace and are fully editable. The libraries will contain generic and manufacturer-specific objects for residential and nonresidential projects.