08
Oct 20

ECCOlab

ECCOlab – a new solution at www.eccolab.co

Currently most design teams focus only on operational energy and cost of a building, and often only the operational utility costs at that. In financial analysis no one would approach a business decision this way; the cost of the loan and the revenue must be considered together. Our tool brings this approach to the construction sector addressing embodied as well as operation carbon and cost.

In addition, interrelated issue such as waste, responsible sourcing and health and wellbeing of materials are not addressed in a unified manner. They are usually carried out in a range of independent analysis’ and are often too time consuming to have any impact on any direct design decision. They are often more of a rubber-stamping exercise, seeing if BREEAM points can be achieved after the materials have already been specified.

The Solution is ECCOlab

It allows rapid analysis of the building for the life of the project by rapidly simulating lifecycle cost and carbon as well last the life cycle waste, responsible sourcing and health and wellbeing impacts. It achieves this by bringing the model into a single web environment where cloud simulations of the project take place. The model is attributed with materials from the vast material database (all of which can be extend / manipulated) allowing detailed information / data to be rapidly added to the BIM model even at concept stage. This allows intelligent decisions to be made at the most beneficial point, at the concept design stage of the project.

The tool is also a collaboration tool and operates like Google Docs in that all members of the team can work live on the same model. This eliminates the current silo analysis approach where consultants go off for two weeks at a time and carry out often divergent analysis, often on an out of date model.

Being cloud based the simulation process is vastly quicker than the previous generation of simulation software (minutes for a simulation instead of hours). As such, the tool allows multiple iterations of a project to simulate different strategies and allow rapid project optimisation to take place.


01
Sep 20

Software Developer Position

We are looking for a software developer to join our team based in Scotland and London. The position is available for an initial 10 month contract. We’re accepting applications until the 23rd September 2020. Please see the job description below:

Rapiere Software Developer (PDF)


04
Jun 20

gModeller 2.2.11

gModeller 2.2.11 has been released.

Now, construction names instead of their ids are displayed in the building details and construction panels. Also, the materials within a construction are now stored in separate layers within the gbXML export instead of all in the same layer.

The renaming of surfaces and spaces has been changed so they use consistent indexes for surfaces in multiple spaces. Also, spaces created with unique custom names no longer have numbers added to them.

Download at: gModeller-2.2.11.rbz


03
Mar 20

gModeller 2.2.9

gModeller 2.2.9 has now been released. In this version, id surface labels are now put into their own group. The custom rename dialog has checkboxes to enable or disable the renaming of spaces, surfaces, or openings.

Download at:

gModeller-2.2.9.rbz


29
Oct 19

gModeller 2.2.7

gModeller 2.2.7 has been released. This now allows reassigning of adjacent spaces in the surface and opening popups. The IDF export has been updated to target EnergyPlus 9.1.

Also, the creation of duplicate spaces has been prevented, and the sort order in tables with numerical values has been fixed.

Download at:

gModeller-2.2.7


21
Oct 19

EccoLab

Who will use ECCOlab?

Architects, Engineers, Cost Consultants, Environmental & Sustainability Consultants, Contractors, Developers, Estate Managers and other Construction Industry Professionals.

A de-facto standard for their projects or for use by in-house teams during the project appraisal stage. Open data formats will encourage suppliers and manufacturers to enrich the databases.

Why will they use ECCOlab?

Graphically rich (input and results), clear workflow (inputs to results), audit trail, facilitates optioneering and optimisation, performance-based analysis, strong support for collaboration and interoperability, innovative e-business models.

What will they use ECCOlab for?

To estimate and optioneer on capital and lifecycle cost, carbon and energy performance

When will they use ECCOlab

RIBA stages 0 – 5 with good interoperability with downstream tools.


17
Jul 19

Energy Modelling Benefits

To achieve significant and deep interventions required to meet the challenging targets necessitates a decision-making process that evaluates fabric and technology solutions at an early stage in the design process. The interaction between all the different elements can only be evaluated by dynamic simulation which utilises the laws of physics to simulate how an asset should perform.

Projects using energy modelling generally exceed the energy reduction targets and tend to encourage good sustainable design where passive design strategies make bigger impact to curb energy use are evaluated and incorporated to achieve demanding targets. Energy modelling from easily obtained data also helps design teams consider all the elements and their likely impact on carbon use where targets can be set and regularly checked against progress.

To encourage widespread use of dynamic simulation an on-line web and cloud-based approach is offered by GSL which is affordable and much more accessible to the construction industry. With the need for significant investment to achieve energy efficiency targets new initiatives such as Energy Performance Contracting will require the detailed evaluation of the most cost-effective solutions so that these contacts are well prepared, and risks minimised.

All investment decisions require good planning and risk informed decision making which in turn requires evaluation of fabric/technology solutions long before and capital expenditure takes place. Optimising the impact of solutions can be evaluated to maximise the rate of return on investment.

A web-based approach allows for on-line collaboration where all professionals involved in the projects can communicate and share data virtually which has a resulting productivity gain.


29
Oct 18

GreenspaceLive Impact

To achieve significant and deep interventions required to meet the challenging targets necessitates a decision-making process that evaluates fabric and technology solutions at an early stage in the design process. The interaction between all the different elements can only be evaluated by dynamic simulation which utilises the laws of physics to simulate how an asset should perform.

Projects using energy modelling generally exceed the energy reduction targets and tend to encourage good sustainable design where passive design strategies make bigger impact to curb energy use are evaluated and incorporated to achieve demanding targets. Energy modelling from easily obtained data also helps design teams consider all the elements and their likely impact on carbon use where targets can be set and regularly checked against progress.

To encourage widespread use of dynamic simulation an on-line web and cloud-based approach is offered by GSL which is affordable and much more accessible to the construction industry. With the need for significant investment to achieve energy efficiency targets new initiatives such as Energy Performance Contracting will require the detailed evaluation of the most cost-effective solutions so that these contacts are well prepared, and risks minimised.

Rapid dynamic simulation would benefit a range of building professionals including designers, technologists, fabric specialists/manufactures, energy engineers, contractors and developers.

All investment decisions require good planning and risk informed decision making which in turn requires evaluation of fabric/technology solutions long before and capital expenditure takes place. Optimising the impact of solutions can be evaluated to maximise the rate of return on investment.

Dynamic simulation tools that are accessible and affordable will enable the construction industry to face the challenge of deep interventions and support this `new` business opportunity where 98% of the problem has already been built. In the next ten years a large proportion of existing buildings will require some form of intervention and support with decision making tools of this nature will enable the industry to take technical and investment decisions that will support this intervention opportunity.

A web-based approach allows for on line collaboration where all professionals involved in the projects can communicate and share data virtually which has a resulting productivity gain.


01
Aug 18

First design with GreenspaceLive

At the early building design stage energy modelling can assist with the process of evaluating all the options which can contribute to a high-performance building.

It is now recognised that integrating energy modelling into the building professional’s workflow will result in buildings that can meet high performance expectations.

Early concepts that introduce passive design options and methods to reduce energy requirements can form part of an exercise to determine energy targets achieved by an iterative design process where the model can be modified and tested to maximise performance.

The first Sketchup model can be transformed to gModeller and ready for either deep dynamic simulation gEnergy or energy code compliance assessment programmes.

gModeller enables the export and import of gbxml models.

The new version of gModeller V2.2.2 is now available on line with improved performance!

Early results allow for design refinements where decisions are based on sound technical analysis and good risk informed decision making

Bringing DEEP DYNAMIC SIMULATION to the early stage design process allows the building professional to evaluate numerous design options with the web enabled gEnergy giving the full power of EnergyPlus – the global standard.

Take the early opportunities to improve value!


10
May 18

gModeller V2.1 Released

Out now and online, the newest gModeller V2.1 to start your Building Performance Simulation!

V2.1 has greatly improved performance particulary on MacOS.

Easy to use based on Sketchup. Go straight to other CAD software with these file formats:

  • gbXML – global energy analysis tools
  • idf – for the global standard EnergyPlus.
  • nct – for UK SBEM and Energy Performance Certificates.

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