Ecotect Analysis is software developed by Autodesk as a tool to assist architects and other professionals in creating more energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Ecotect Analysis is able to achieve this by allowing the user to input data into the model at early stages of the design phase. Some of the data that can be stored includes macro and micro climate conditions, thermal performance, lighting, and solar exposure.
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By imputing this data, Ecotect Analysis provides the user with:
- Whole-building energy analysis—Calculates the total energy use and carbon emissions of the building model on an annual, monthly, daily, and hourly basis. It accomplishes this by using a global database of weather information.
- Thermal performance—Calculates heating and cooling loads for models and analyzes the effects of occupancy, internal gains, infiltration, and equipment.
- Water usage and cost evaluation—Estimates water usage inside and outside the building.
- Solar radiation—Visualizes incident solar radiation on windows and surfaces, over any period of time.
- Daylighting—Calculates the daylight factors and illuminance levels at any point in the model.
- Shadows and reflections—Displays the sun’s position and path relative to the model at any date, time, and location.
Currently, Revit users are able to export 3D models into Ecotect to start analyzing sustainable design techniques early in the design phase of any project.