Each month RTM explores the top news and headlines affecting the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) communities.
This month, AEC news looks at how Autodesk’s new LIVE service can be used by AEC professionals, and we learn about the advanced tools being used by hospitals to measure and improve energy performance.
Construction Giants: Economists Forecast Moderation for Nonresidential Projects
Total spending for nonresidential building was up nearly 11%, to $103.3 billion, in the first quarter. Ken Simonson, chief economists of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America and Alex Carrick of CMD Construction Data expect nonresidential construction spending to increase 9–10% this year. They’ve also forecasted nonresidential spending to increase in 2017 by 4–8%. According to more than one-third of AGC’s membership, more work will be available to bid on this year than last year, particularly in the retail, warehouse, lodging, and office sectors. Learn more.
Autodesk’s LIVE Turns Designs into Video Game-Like Experiences
Autodesk recently launched Autodesk LIVE, a service where Revit users can turn designs into interactive 3D models. Users of the LIVE service can adjust navigation points, render styles, and even the time of day, with fluid and quick controls. As it relates to AEC professionals, LIVE can be used to prepare models for real-time exploration, integrate environmental terrains, and convert rich photorealistic content to make renderings more realistic. Click here to see how the service offers realistic behavior depictions of BIM objects.
Commercial Building Energy Use is Down
According to a recent Energy Information Administration survey, the commercial sector reduced energy use by 12% during the period from 2003 to 2012. Made about every five years, a representative sampling of thousands of commercial buildings is performed to analyze in-depth energy use within the commercial sector. The survey also found that heating energy savings grew due to the increase of commercial floor area in the warmer south. Click here to read more.
Hospitals use Advanced Tools to Measure and Improve Energy Performance
Many hospitals are still looking for ways to reduce energy use without forsaking quality of care. According to the 2015 Sustainable Operations Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Portfolio Manager is the third most popular energy-performance monitoring tool/activity used by hospitals. Another tool being adopted by hospitals is the Energy To Care platform, developed by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). The program integrates into the Energy Star Portfolio Manager and creates a platform where energy data and performance metrics can easily be visualized and shared. Read more.