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By adammenter | November 22, 2013
3D printing is poised to revolutionize manufacturing; will it also revolutionize the ecological impacts of making things? Will it really eliminate waste? Will it eliminate shipping? Will it create more problems than it solves? Here are some early answers to these questions, based on some LCA work at UC Berkeley.
By adammenter | November 19, 2013
We’re happy to announce that we’ve released three online courses targeted to professionals looking for continuing education opportunities in building performance analysis. New today are Autodesk BPA Credits – which are based on the larger BPA Certificate course and are being offered as a pilot to the first 500 people who sign-up for each course. The pilot will run until January 30, 2014.
By stephanie.egger | November 11, 2013
I attended the US Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon competition in Irvine, California. Here are just three of the many innovative and creative solutions that have stuck with me.
By adammenter | October 23, 2013
I contributed a piece about our BPA Certificate program to the Fall 2013 Newsletter of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE). The piece I wrote is copied below and, in the second half, talks specifically about the importance of that group and how it has helped shape our educational programs.
By adammenter | September 04, 2013
Join a panel discussion next week, on September 10th, with experts discussing the environmental impacts of 3D printing - including our good friend Jer Faludi (who you'll recognize from the videos on this site) and Autodesk's Susan Gladwin.
By adammenter | May 16, 2013
Earlier this week Architecture 2030 launched the beta of a powerful new educational tool, the 2030 Palette. The website consists of a library of "swatches" with core sustainable design principles, specific design strategies, and images of examples.
By Adam Kenvarg | April 02, 2013
In the world of supercars with 800 horsepower engines, massive spoilers, and flamboyant styling, VW just introduced a new type of supercar: one designed to use less than a liter of diesel to go 100 kilometers. Sure, it won’t go 200 miles per hour, but this new car is one of the most exciting unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
By Adam Kenvarg | December 05, 2012
Autodesk, Core77 and iFixit challenged students from around the world to design a smart product that can be easily repaired and will stand the test of time. Participants used the “improving product lifetime” resources on the Sustainability Workshop to learn design for repair, upgrade, disassembly, recyclability and durability strategies. See the winners here!
By Adam Kenvarg | November 09, 2012
Fluids are all around us. From a simple chair in a room to a sophisticated datacenter hosting cloud computing services, fluids interact with and affect the performance of nearly everything we create, use, and occupy. Len Whitehead, of the Autodesk Simulation Team discusses how to use computation to optimize fluid flow and energy efficiency.
By adammenter | October 19, 2012
How can a designer’s intention improve the environmental impacts of user behavior and lead to a more sustainable world? The Design With Intent toolkit is a powerful tool for helping to achieve this goal.

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