RTM Engineering Consultants explores the top news and headlines each month affecting the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) communities.
AIA and Autodesk Introduce New Feature to Automate 2030 Commitment Reporting Data
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Autodesk recently released a new feature that will automate the AIA 2030 Commitment data reporting from energy analysis software directly to the Design Data Exchange (DDx) from Autodesk Insight 360, a technology addition included in Autodesk Revit and Autodesk FormIt 360 Pro subscriptions. This collaboration has resulted in an open Automated Program Interface (API) to the DDx, and is available to energy modeling software vendors trying to reduce the duplication of effort by utilizing the existing process. Click here to learn more.
Climate and Energy Policies Working
Proud Green Building recently reported on the success of climate and energy policies in commercial and residential buildings in the United States, and cited research from Resources for the Future that estimated utility bills dropped by an average of about three percent in office buildings covered by efficiency laws in Austin, New York City, Seattle and San Francisco. Click here to read more, including information on 15 U.S. cities that have benchmarking and disclosure laws.
Driving Energy Efficiency in Leased Commercial Space is Complicated – and Worthwhile
According to a recent Department of Energy report, commercial spaces consume 20 percent of the energy used in the United States — and half of this is leased space. The report examined the complexities of implementing energy efficient projects that are beneficial to employees for a company occupying leased commercial space. For example, upgrades such as installing larger windows to increase natural light and decrease energy costs aren’t easily implemented when both tenants and landlords need to agree to the terms of the project. Learn more.
Facility Managers Say Internet of Things, Analytics Will Impact Maintenance Soon
According to a survey by Schneider Electric, 60 percent of professionals are predicting that the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact their building and maintenance policies within the next year. The survey cited a few factors hampering facility managers from taking full advantage of building data. For example, 70 percent of facility managers’ staff are skilled in data analysis, but only about 27 percent utilize data-driven analytics solutions for building management. Click here to read more of the survey’s findings.