"This year's study reveals a growing commitment by architects and owners for supporting sustainable design principles," said Jay Bhatt, vice president, Autodesk building solutions.
According to the 2006 Autodesk Green Index, architects expect to expand their use of design software for energy modeling in the next five years for a variety of tasks, including:
The most prevalent energy-saving initiative for architects is high-efficiency HVAC systems, with 64 percent of the study's respondents specifying their use on more than half of their projects over the past year. Five years ago, only 36 percent of architects used high-efficiency HVAC systems on over half of their design projects; 85 percent expect to use high-efficiency HVAC systems on most of their projects by 2011.
The full report is available at the Autodesk Sustainability Center Website at www.autodesk.com/green.
Publication date: 11/27/2006