Friday, November 16, 2018

My Presentation on Lighting Analysis at the 2018 Minnesota AIA Convention

This was the week for conferences... Greenbuild, Autodesk University and the Minnesota AIA Convention all happened this week.. I had the opportunity to present at the latter... which was yesterday. This post will recap my experience at the event.

My presentation was titled: Professional Lighting Analysis for Architects.


Monday, November 12, 2018


I did not get a chance to write about one of my new posts over on the Enscape website as it was overshadowed by the new release of version 2.4. This post discussed grass-related features that are new to this version, including adjustable height and variable height options. Grass just keeps getting better...



Friday, November 9, 2018

ROAST - Commercial Release and Webinar Series

ROAST is a new web-based Post Occupancy Evaluation tool by KT Innovations (KieranTimberlake). I was involved in their beta program and we even used it internally at LHB. I wrote an overview on the tool back in May (2018): Roast by KieranTimberlake. A few things have improved since then, but that post still embodies the main concepts of the product, workflow and results.

My motto for this product: Have the courage to find out what the occupants think of your newly designed, or remodeled, space so it - and future projects - can be improved upon!

On a related note, here is a post I wrote on some Pre/Post Occupancy Evaluation work by LHB (but, before ROAST): Pre/post-occupancy Evaluations and Generative Design.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Mark and Type Mark Parameters in Revit - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Anyone who uses Revit know about the built-in Mark and Type Mark parameters. Here are a few things to keep in mind related to these parameters many of us have love/hate feelings for...

Mark Parameter

The Mark parameter automatically increments as families are placed. But not for all categories, as you can see with the three desks (more on this in a moment).

The Mark parameter is incremented by category, not by each family as seen here...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

ASHRAE Standard 209-2018 -- Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings

This is very interesting… worth investigating for those involved/interested in energy modeling and high performance design.

Standard 209-2018 -- Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (ANSI Approved)

"The ASHRAE 209 Standard makes it easier to define energy modeling goals and what types of energy modeling are most useful for a project"

“defines nominal requirements for using modeling to support integrated design efforts”
The cost of ASHRAE Standard 209-2018 is $67 for ASHRAE members.

Click here to view the preview PDF.

The AIA article is written by Kjell Anderson, AIA, who is director of sustainable design at LMN Architects in Seattle, WA. While I do not know Kjell, I did work on a project with LMN several years ago... the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center - Harbor side Ballrooms Addition, which is partially pictured below.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

BILT Europe 2018 Top Speakers and Recap on Simply Complex Podcast

I am honored to learn that I am the #2 speaker for the BILT Eur 2018 held last month (October) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Thanks so much to the attendees and the committee!


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Enscape Version 2.4 Released!

Yesterday I tweeted this...

As I come off the sugar-high from Halloween yesterday, I want to share the other two items. Today I will start with the new stable release of Enscape, version 2.4. Tomorrow I will touch on the other topic.

You can get all the details in this Enscape blog post: NEW VERSION: ENSCAPE 2.4 RELEASED