Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering & Construction

Resources

Learn more about using BIM for sustainable design and how to design, build, and renovate more energy efficient, sustainable buildings using Autodesk software solutions. Review these resources on energy-efficient green construction and retrofit.

Articles

Sustainable Design for Structural Engineers
Learn how Autodesk® Revit® Structure software and a BIM workflow enable structural engineers to minimize waste and overall embodied energy. Review how to reuse materials for better efficiency, long-term use, and future flexibility.


Screencasts

Renovation and Retrofit: Increasing Energy Efficiency with BIM
With building information modeling (BIM) tools, AEC firms can leverage BIM for greater energy efficiency in renovation and retrofit projects by quickly capturing existing conditions, creating simple, accurate energy models, and evaluating options for improvement. Learn more by watching the Renovation and Retrofit Screencast.

MEP Sustainable Design
Learn how to incorporate sustainable design strategies into your workflow using Autodesk MEP solutions for a more effective, whole-building energy analysis for new construction and energy-system retrofits.


Videos

Sustainable Cities (3:48 minutes)
Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions can help cities improve their environmental performance. In this video you will see how Autodesk solutions support each phase of the design process from planning to buiding operations and maintence and are empowering architects, engineers, builders, and owners to imagine, design, and help create a better world today.

Engineering a Sustainable Future (4:32 minutes)
Learn how engineers at Glumac engineering services firm create innovative, sustainable designs using Autodesk solutions.

Revolutionize Your Workflow (2:27 minutes)
Watch how Autodesk structural engineering solutions enable you to experience the power of BIM for building design visualization, simulation, and analysis.

Staying Competitive with BIM (5:12 minutes)
KLH Engineers is a mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering firm committed to BIM and sustainability. Hear how KLH Engineers through the use of BIM is staying competitive and winning more work.


White Papers

Autodesk AEC Headquarters and Integrated Project Design - Factor Ten Engineering Case Study

In 2008, Autodesk Inc. decided to design a new headquarters in Waltham, Mass., using a new approach to save money, time, and meet all of its building goals. This case study explores that approach and shows how practices consistent with Rocky Mountain Institute’s Factor Ten (10xE1) Engineering Design Principles led to radical efficiencies in process, enabling the company to surpass its design goals, under budget, and on time.

Autodesk AEC Headquarters and Integrated Project Design - Factor Ten Engineering Case Study (pdf - 4019Kb)

The Advantages of BIM-Enabled Sustainable Design for Improving Commercial Building Performance

This paper will provide an overview of how purpose-built BIM solutions and integrated analysis tools can help you to assess building performance, prioritize investments, and evaluate proposals to reduce operational costs, conserve energy, reduce water consumption, and improve building air quality, helping to meet sustainability and energy-efficiency goals.

The Advantages of BIM-Enabled Sustainable Design for Improving Commercial Building Performance (pdf - 4274Kb)

Research

McGraw-Hill SmartMarket Report: Green Building Retrofit & Renovation
The McGraw-Hill SmartMarket Report: Green Building Retrofit & Renovation was produced with support from Autodesk, CB Richard Ellis, Siemens, UL Environment, Inc., and the U.S. Green Building Council. This report focuses on the green renovation and retrofit marketplace from the perspective of the owners and tenants of commercial office and retail buildings.

The McGraw-Hill Construction Green BIM SmartMarket Report
The McGraw-Hill Construction Green BIM SmartMarket Report was produced with support from Autodesk, U.S Green Building Council and Mechanical Contractors Association of America. This report focuses on highlighting the exciting evolution of Green BIM and captures perspectives on the future of Green BIM from a broad range of green building experts, technology leaders.

MHC Green BIM SmartMarket Report (pdf - 2120Kb)