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Energy Efficient Home in Mendham, NJ Designed in ArchiCAD

Monday, November 17th, 2014

A picturesque piece of land nestled in the town of Mendham, New Jersey stretched for seven acres. Architect Andrew Passacantando, AIA was tasked with renovating the existing property to meet the needs of his client. When the project first began, Passacantando says he investigated renovating the existing house, but after a walk-through of the property, decided it would be best to start over.

ArchiCAD BIMAfter the home was torn down, he used ArchiCAD to create a different configuration for the home, making the building much taller. The home features double-walled construction as well as other energy efficient design aspects such as geo-thermal wells, low voltage lighting and Marvin windows. It became a much larger home, but one that uses little energy.  Passacantando says he relied heavily on ArchiCAD software as a design tool to create the initial concept for the home.

“When we started out – at first glance, we had a simple renovation on our hands. It soon transitioned into a rather complicated project. I was again reminded of how valuable BIM is to me as an architect, and I stress this to anyone considering making the transition to using BIM. By the time we were actually building the home, we were building it for the second time, and as a result,  this house went up without a single hiccup.”


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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Why You DO NOT Want to Miss this Webinar!

GRAPHISOFT presenter, Kyla Kuhnlein wowed attendees at this year’s AIA National Conference in Chicago when she gave her talk on the renovation of Calumet Middle School in Calumet Park, IL. There are some really good reasons why.

The topic – renovation projects make up a considerable portion of the architecture projects out there today. They require careful planning, phasing, and coordination. Making sure that your model contains relevant information can be time-consuming. That may be why your firm has not taken on renovations to date, but doing so – with ArchiCAD – can be extremely beneficial.

The presenter – Kuhnlein brings more than ten years of ArchiCAD experience in designing, developing and managing projects of various sizes and types. Her diverse project history contains numerous LEED awarded projects within buildings for education, commercial, hospitality, custom residential and historical conservation.



Monday, November 3rd, 2014

At AIA Orlando’s BIM BAM BOOM event held last week, AIA members witnessed a unique BIM event in which GRAPHISOFT North America, Applied Software – Autodesk’s local reseller and Nemetschek Vectorworks were tasked with modeling Le Corbusier’s finest work the Chapel of Ronchamp with finite time and resources.

Unfortunately, a rather distorted version of the event’s outcome has made its way into the public eye in the form of a completely false claim by Autodesk’s Reseller to have been named the winner of the event for the second year in a row. Nothing could be further from the truth.


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