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Sketchup-ur-space Magazine - June 14

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Go Green with SketchUp

Construction is one of the least environmentally helpful activities that human can engage in. Not only the pollution created by constructional work during the construction period, we can see the harm to the environment in the pre construction period also. The acts of deforestation, trucking of soil around the site, evaluating different scenarios of earthmoving destroy the balance of the nature. SketchUp helps a lot in the pre construction period to do a paperless project possible.

SketchUp along with various energy analysis plug ins makes it possible. Go Green with SketchUp is the venture of Google to highlight projects and plug ins created by green professional. The building performance analysis plug ins like IES VE of Integrated Environmental Solutions helps to create virtual environment on the monitor. SketchUp is the most powerful tool for developing next generation building design with minimal impact on environment. EnergyPlus OpenStudio is a building energy simulation plug in for SketchUp which enables architects to create more detailed simulation of their design’s energy efficiency.  

The updated version of SketchUp 8 has two useful tools for environment. They are volumes and geographical context. This new version of SketchUp improves support for defined volumes, which are needed to create accurate energy models, among other things. The Volumes can now intersect and combine without losing their boundaries. The SketchUp 8 users have direct access to the geo spatial data from Google Earth and Google Maps. Now the modeler can pull in street view images from Google Maps and even pull in models of adjacent buildings, including those built using Google’s online Building Maker application. In this way SketchUp helps the users to get a clear understanding without harming the site. Apart from that, this computer base program helps to have a paperless project. Less use of paper means more plants. This is a useful way to save the environment by cutting down the usage of paper.

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