Sustainable Design Drives Energy Efficiency for Autodesk’s New AEC
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 2009--
Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and
entertainment software, has announced that the interior of its
architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) solutions division
headquarters in Waltham, Mass., was recently certified LEED-CI
Platinum by the U.S.
Green Building Council. The official certificate of recognition will
be presented to Autodesk at the Greenbuild
International Conference and Expo 2009.
Designed by KlingStubbins,
constructed by Tocci
Building Corporation, and managed by Jones
Lang LaSalle, Autodesk’s Waltham facility was an interior retrofit
project of an existing 61,000-square-foot speculative office building
that earned 46 LEED credit points, exceeding the 42-credit level
required for a Platinum rating. The building also achieved LEED Gold
certification for its exterior shell.
To earn LEED Platinum status, project stakeholders implemented
sustainable design, digital design-to-fabrication and integrated project
delivery (IPD) as part of an overall building information modeling (BIM)
Maximizing Daylight Through Building Information Modeling
A crucial component to LEED certification is daylighting, with Platinum
certification requirements mandating at least 90 percent of workspaces
be illuminated with natural daylight. By linking the building’s Autodesk
Revit Architecture 3D model with Autodesk
Ecotect Analysis software, KlingStubbins carefully analyzed where
daylight would fall within the facility and determined which design
option best satisfied the goal. The result is an open, collaborative
floor plan with low partitions and individual workstations positioned
along the building’s perimeter. Overhead artificial lights in these
areas are controlled by daylight sensors that automatically adjust for
customized task lighting. Separate control zones for solar exposure
enable localized management, while system automation ensures employees
receive an even amount of daylight across the building.
“It was clear from the very beginning of the project that designing for
a LEED Platinum rating was extremely important for Autodesk,” said Scott
Simpson, senior director at KlingStubbins. “Using BIM technology, we
modeled the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, natural and
artificial lighting levels, and energy consumption to help us achieve
this ambitious goal.”
Tocci Building Corporation worked alongside the design team to make the
interior’s digital 3D models construction ready. Using Autodesk
model-based technology, both architect and contractor were able to
graphically depict, analyze and explain optimal solutions -- effectively
communicating intent and reducing wasteful reinstallations and change
“Knowledgeable and design-smart owners like Autodesk are often natural
collaborators,” said John Tocci, CEO of Tocci Building Corporation.
“Autodesk understood the models and our process, so they were poised
to help our team troubleshoot and stretch the technology as far as it
could go -- and in the process, infuse sustainable building principles
and practices throughout the entire project’s execution.”
Managing Systems for a More Energy-Efficient Building
As several of the LEED categories require built-in monitoring and
control equipment to encourage sustainable operations, Autodesk
incorporated multiple operations systems into the building’s initial
design, enabling the company to more accurately measure future energy
efficiencies downstream. Leveraging the data-rich 3D models created
using Autodesk Revit Architecture during the project’s design, Autodesk
now employs an intelligent building management system to modulate
lighting, HVAC and sound systems in response to space demand.
“This facility is a touchstone for the AEC industry,” said Phil
Bernstein, FAIA, Autodesk vice president of building industry strategy &
relations. “Its continuing success proves that integrated green design
can carry efficiency throughout a building’s lifecycle. By driving out
inefficiencies during the design phase, we were able to reinvest in the
project for even greater long-term performance.”
Beyond design applications, the facility earned additional LEED credits
Procurement of renewable energy and its close proximity to essential
Use of 24.5 percent recycled building materials
EnergyStar-rated equipment and appliances
Bicycle storage with changing and shower facilities
Low-flow water fixtures, including dual-flush toilets (to save an
estimated 260,000 gallons of water while reducing overall water usage
and reliance on municipal service)
In addition, Autodesk continues to supplement energy-efficiency
strategies with the purchase of green power.
To further demonstrate its commitment to sustainable technologies and
green design within its own organization, Autodesk revitalized its
office space in Mclean, Va., achieving LEED Gold certification. Project
teams used 17 percent of salvaged materials for this 7,000-square-foot
tenant improvement project.
Autodesk, Inc., is a world leader in 2D and 3D
design, engineering and entertainment software for the
manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment
markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk
continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software
to help customers experience their ideas digitally before they are
built. Fortune 100 companies -- as well as the last 14 Academy Award
winners for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk software
tools to design, visualize and simulate their ideas to save time and
money, enhance quality, and foster innovation for competitive advantage.
For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.
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typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.
© 2009 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.
Source: Autodesk, Inc.
Paul Sullivan, 603-289-8987