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Wed, Jan 17, 2007 at 11:33:19 AM | Is Revit compatible with energy modeling softwares?




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Specifically, we're working with a company that will be doing energy modelling for a sustainable house we are designing.  They will have to build a parametric model for the modelling that they will be doing (using R values of walls, light transmission of windows, etc.)  They use Energy 10 software.  Does anyone have any experience transferring files between these two systems?  Are there any changes I will need to make to the Revit model to make the file transfer more smooth?


Thanks for any advice or help.



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Sat, Jan 20, 2007 at 10:36:19 AM | Is Revit compatible with energy modeling softwares?




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Revit can export to gbXML format which is becoming the industy standard for energy analysis information exchange.
Check with your consultant to see if they can use this file format.  Of course you can always export 3D dwg and dxf files, but there is not all the 'meta data' that goes out with the old formats.
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Sun, Dec 30, 2007 at 3:22:24 PM | Is Revit compatible with energy modeling softwares?




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Too bad you couldn't talk them into using IES/VE which seems to work well with Revit.  They have some free plug-ins for doing basic analysis.

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Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 3:44:57 PM | Is Revit compatible with energy modeling softwares?



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IES & Trane Trace are looking like they work the best.  The only other I've tried has been Carrier's HAP, but with poor results.  You really need to pay attention to the ins & outs of the geometry to make sure it transfers properly. 

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Fri, May 22, 2009 at 7:15:11 AM | Is Revit compatible with energy modeling softwares?




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Ive had some good luck with Trane Trace, but I still have to set my wall construction after I import it into Trace. The company I work for would like to go to IES since it will do the full energy modeling that is needed on many of our projects.

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Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 7:26:42 AM | Is Revit compatible with energy modeling softwares?




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I have the same problem with walls working with trace 700.


And now another one with ventilation outdoor air.


I am tryoing to panning everything to be automatic since revit or the most i can.

What you sggest me for ventilations? What are you doing in revit and trace by gbxml?


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