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Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2008: 3rd conference of IBPSA-USA


Demeter - A Green Building Plugin for SketchUp

Neil Finlayson, Malcolm Murray, David Maciver, James Morrison, Murdo Morrison, Donald Macdonald, Donald Macaskill, Donald Macritchie, Ioannis Rizos
Greenspace Research, Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom HS2 0TW
BDSP Partnership, Summit House, 27 Sale Place, London United Kingdom, W2 1YR

Abstract: Software applications which are hard to use and fail to make full use of Internet components, scaleability, collaboration and interoperability are significant barriers to the widespread adoption of building energy analysis. In this paper we propose a distributed application architecture which addresses some of these challenges. Demeter, the front-end client, is a custom green building plug-in developed for the 3D CAD application SketchUp. A Web-based energy analysis server is used to provide energy analysis reports and gbXML/Web services are used to share building information between client and server.
Pages: 230 - 237