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Green Building Studio, Inc., has unveiled Version 2.0 of the Green Building Studio web service. This release includes significant new functionality designed to support sustainability design decisions and make detailed comparisons between different building design and equipment measures. Version 2.0 improvements have been based on feedback on requirements from hundreds of architects involved in sustainable design. The development of these new features has been funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the California Energy Commission, and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, in order to provide the tools necessary to evaluate even greater sustainable building design options for today's architects.

The Green Building Studio web service continues to be the first and only web service specifically designed for architects to use at the earliest phase of design to fully understand the cost-effective opportunities to maximize their building's sustain ability. The new features, called "Design Alternatives," enable architects and engineering teams to quickly analyze various changes to their building design including orientation, glazing options, envelope constructions, lighting technologies, and HVAC technologies. Further, manufacturer products can now be applied with a simple click to understand how specific building products perform when included in an actual building design. EnergyPlus capabilities and single-family homes are now enabled in the service as well. These features are the enabling technologies necessary to meet the aggressive energy and resource goals being asked for by today's building owners and the AIA.

Jean Lupinacci, director of the US EPA ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch, states, "Energy Efficiency is a critical step to a green building, and the Green Building Studio web service is the type of tool that makes it easy to integrate top energy efficiency into the critical design phase of new buildings. We look forward to many more new buildings earning the ENERGY STAR and helping to avoid emissions of greenhouse gases while costing less to operate due to the Green Building Studio web service."

Dominic Gallello, CEO of Graphisoft, stated that "With Graphisoft's release of ArchiCAD 10 and the Green Building Studio web service version 2.0 our users have the key elements necessary for designing today's sustainable buildings."

Philip Bernstein, vice president of Autodesk, Inc.'s Building Solutions Division indicates that "Autodesk is excited to see growth in building information modeling (BIM) tools and Green Building Studio is certainly assisting the expansion of this market. These new features are a complement to our Revit-based suite of products for BIM that support the gbXML schema, and they will further support the increase in sustainable building design."

"We have designed these new features to greatly reduce the time for our users to determine the best building options that meet their client's sustainable building goals," said John Kennedy, president & CTO of Green Building Studio, Inc. "Further, these new features allow the architect and engineering team to make informed sustainability and energy decisions at the earliest design stages, as well as considering more options in a fraction of the time it would have taken in the past."

About Green Building Studio

Green Building Studio, Inc., the sustainability analysis software and services company, provides the architectural, engineering, and construction industry with packaged and custom building energy and resource analysis tools and web-based solutions for sustainable building designers and product manufacturers. Developers of the open-source Green Building XML (gbXML) data standard, Green Building Studio provides expert design assistance and research consulting services and operates the energy efficiency information web service.

Green Building Studio can be found on the World Wide Web at

For more information, call 707/569-7373 x100.
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