Autocase for Sustainable Buildings launched at Greenbuild last week.
“Can a green building make your company smarter? That’s what new research suggests, underscoring the ROI for green certifications — not just for optimizing the usual factors such as energy and water use, but for elevating workforce productivity. … To that end, a new web-based tool called Autocase for Sustainable Buildings promises to simplify decision-making for architects and other leaders. Billed as “measuring the triple bottom line (financial, social, and environmental) impacts of design alternatives,” it takes into account health, worker absenteeism rates and productivity among myriad other factors. Autocase features a real-time cost-benefit analysis for factors such as carbon emissions, air quality, energy and water efficiency. A TurboTax-like display adjusts expected LEED credits and net positive value to reflect your design choices.
Autodesk already provides design tools to architects, engineers and contractors, said Emma Stewart, head of sustainability solutions at Autodesk. “But ultimately the folks calling the shots are the project sponsors and ultimate owners and occupiers. You have to be talking in dollars and sense, not in square feet or cubic feet of water.”
Autocase brings in publicly available data with social and environmental valuation research and “picks only the best of those studies to apply so they are bulletproof and defensible in the court of public opinion,” she added.
Autocase, built by Impact Infrastructure and released in partnership with Autodesk, is available as a free beta version until the end of 2016, after which it will cost $175 per month.”
From “Want sharper workers? Try a green-certified office” by Elsa Wenzel Friday, October 7, 2016 – 2:57am