I spoke with Emma Stewart, Senior Manager of Sustainability at Autodesk
to learn about how their designing and planning software is enabling the green building industry. Because Autodesk has solutions for everything from product design, to insutrial machinery engineering, building planning, and even urban planning, Emma said that it is like having all of the "ingredients" to design a sustainable city. They are able to offer designers all the product and materials information they need to make greener choice by leveraging strong partnerships with database providers. For example, their SEEK
program uses the Granta
database of LCA information, and gives free access to materials data. SEEK connects with Autodesk's other architectural design software to allow for selection of products based on your personal green values. Check out this video
to see it in action.
Modlet plugs into any 120 outlet to monitor and transmit energy usage data to your home computer. Its an easy, inexpensive ways to track your efficiency habit using software supplied by Modlet’s manufacturer ThinkEco.
Construction Specialties have partnered with Perkins+Will to officially launch at Greenbuild the world’s first on-product eco labeling system from flooring called the Transparency Project. The label, which snaps onto their grid flooring modules, supplies an overview about the materials, recycling, and manufacturer information. By adding labels onto the product itself, it allows for building owners to have more information about repairing or end of life strategies for the material when they are remodeling. It also directs to a website called Transparency.c-sgroup.com, which provides extremely detailed product data. The company is making their system and website open source, so that other manufacturers are free to adopt the system.
Orca Green turns commercial food waste into grey water in less than 24hrs. To see this amazing process, check out the video below!