Has anyone used Archicad, assessment plugins, or exported Archicad models to assessment tools with the aim of testing and measuring passive solar heating capacities of a building? My office is searching for a way we can quantify the value of passive design, and also contrast and compare different passive design options early in the design process.
The obvious but very useful value of being able to measure the effectiveness of passive solar heating design early in a project is that an effective scheme can be tested and implemented early on.
@Mjules see my reply (HERE) to your post about request for the continued development of EcoDesigner STAR. There I also outline how to use EcoDesigner ("standard") in your projects for early energy performance optimization.
@Andrii Levko is correct, EcoDesigner does come included with all Archicad's. EcoDesigner STAR only needs to be accredited for compliance with the local standards codes in each country.
I suggest to reach out to your local reseller office for their support to get EcoDesigner STAR accredited on your country just like we had to do for South Africa.
Regards Francois Swanepoel
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