There will be more added values for Archicad with EcoDesigner Star than the structural features that Graphisoft is trying to integrate in Archicad actually. I know the thermal bridge performance requirements are very high to meet and there are too many obstacles with EcoDesigner Star. The best thing to do is to put it on the market as a beta version so that we can help Graphisoft improve it.
It's about a bad idea to stop developing it!
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EcoDesigner ("standard") does come included in Archicad and this works very well as a permanent demo / trail to do initial stage energy performance analysis of buildings (or even for retrofit As-Built conditions). It is a great way to get immediate energy performance feedback from the model of each design change or alternative design options. This already optimizes the design either before the energy consultant gets involved or even with their input and participation in the early stage of design. For full rational design workflows and code complaint reports, EcoDesigner STAR only require a license (no additional installation) and note, it is only available in specific countries. Check this page to see if your country is on the list - EcoDesigner STAR info page
EcoDesigner STAR is "for most part" already complete. The real challenge is to get the software accredited for compliance with the local standards codes in each country.
We tried to get EcoDesigner Star for Archicad accredited for our local rational design codes in South Africa some years ago. It is an amazing piece of integrated software but our accreditation project was stopped before we could complete the accreditation.
@DGSketcher We have seen in the past the Building Material properties we provided as template content were outdated and their source is not indicated, so that these values could not be used for downstream building lifecycle calculations as validated input.
We wanted to improve in this area, so we have updated Archicad Building Material property sets and values, based on data published in the GermanÖKOBAUDATdatabase. With this improvement Archicad users will receive validated and reliable Building Material data out of the box and can use it confidently for various analysis purposes.
On the longer term we are seeing the industry trend of rising importance in sustainable designs, so we are planning to provide a good feature functionality for all professionals aiming to do more in sustainability. We especially want to focus on Early-stage performance-based design analysis and optimization, where the biggest energy-savings can be made.