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Posted by  John F. Kennedy on January 18, 2004 at 22:37:02:

Green Building Studio(TM) Brings Immediate Building Energy Performance And Targeted Equipment Information for Architects and Designers Using 3D-CAD At The Earliest Conceptual Design Stage

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- GeoPraxis, an architectural, engineering and construction software company, today announced the beta release of Green Building Studio, the industry's first web-service for energy analysis. Green Building Studio (GBS) streamlines the design of green buildings, seamlessly linking architectural 3-D CAD building designs with energy analysis. GBS enables architects to immediately understand the operational and energy implications of early design decisions using Green Building XML (gbXML) based connectors for AutoDesk's Architectural Desktop and Graphisoft's ArchiCAD. Architects and building designers can participate in the GBS beta program for free, beginning January 14, 2004. The GBS web-service is expected to be generally available in early 2004.
"GBS will significantly accelerate the incorporation of energy efficient and sustainable technologies into new and retrofit buildings. The GBS web-service is based on R&D funded by the California Energy Commission and leading Utilities," said John Kennedy, President and CTO of GeoPraxis. "The GBS beta program lets the design community access the GBS web-service for the first time. User feedback will help fine tune the linkages between Architectural Desktop and ArchiCAD. The beta program will provide feedback on technologies that for the first time link early design decisions with precisely targeted, relevant equipment and vendor information. This represents a huge breakthrough for the building design industry, leapfrogging other information services."

GBS web-service drives significant time and cost out of building design and lifecycle management processes. Major benefits include:
* It's Free, and saves thousands of dollars in advanced Green Building analyses.
* Reduced design costs, allowing more design options to be explored within budget.
* Compression of early design time, speeding project time to completion.
* Acceleration of Green Building "LEED" Compliance Analysis.
* Identify relevant products necessary for early building design decisions.

GBS automatically generates geometrically accurate, detailed input files for major energy simulation programs. GBS currently uses the DOE-2.2 simulation engine and will provide geometrically accurate input files for EnergyPlus simulation software.

To participate in the beta, you can sign up over the web at . Participation in the beta program is free of charge. A simple beta test non-disclosure agreement is required. Participants selected will be notified by GeoPraxis and are required to provide feedback to the developers. The beta program will run from early January until March 30th, 2004.

About GeoPraxis
GeoPraxis, Inc., an architectural, engineering and construction software company, is the industry leader in the development and implementation of building energy analysis tools and web-based solutions. With the release of Green Building Studio, GeoPraxis is pioneering integration with architectural 3D-CAD programs using gbXML. Please contact GeoPraxis' COO, James McCray for assistance at 1-707-766-7010,

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