SAN FRANCISCO — Autodesk Inc. demonstrated its commitment to environmentally responsible real estate choices at its first Sustainability Summit, by announcing plans to move into its first green office space in Asia-Pacific. The company’s 56,000 square feet of leased office space in Singapore brings the Autodesk LEED-certified facility count to seven, or 23 percent of the company’s total office space.
“Although Autodesk’s overall building stock and associated carbon footprint is relatively small compared to many other large companies, we strive to implement best practices to consistently measure, manage and reduce our own impact,” said Lynelle Cameron, director of sustainability at Autodesk. “With more than 40 percent of global energy use attributable to buildings, Autodesk and our customers face the challenge of designing high performance office spaces and optimizing our buildings’ operations. Relying on Building Information Modeling and our portfolio of sustainable design solutions makes it easy for us to demonstrate eco-responsible decision making.”
In February, Autodesk will move into its first green location in Asia-Pacific, a LEED Commercial Interiors certified office in Singapore. The environmental benchmark for tenant improvement to existing buildings, LEED Commercial Interiors certification creates healthy places to work with fewer toxins in interior materials, more daylight and clean air, and less energy required to operate. The company’s office space is in the Solaris building, and Autodesk is one of the first tenants in the new structure.
As with its LEED-certified locations in McLean, Va.; San Francisco; and Waltham, Mass., Autodesk and its design team employed a Building Information Modeling (BIM) process and the company’s portfolio of 3D model-based design solutions in the design of the Singapore project. BIM is a 3D model-based design process that provides insight for creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact.
Autodesk Revit Architecture was used extensively for the Singapore project, helping visualize the real-world appearance, performance and cost of the interior build-out, and keeping the designers, contractors and Autodesk in sync. Autodesk Revit MEP, the BIM solution for building systems design, was used to help plan air ducting and electrical layout on the two and a half floors Autodesk will occupy. To render the interior spaces with beautiful detail, the designers used Autodesk 3ds Max Design.
Autodesk BIM solutions for the building industry are based on models created with Autodesk Revit software — including solutions for architecture; structural engineering; and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering. AutoCAD Civil 3D software is the BIM solution for infrastructure for civil engineers, drafters, designers, and technicians working on transportation, land development, and water projects. Autodesk’s comprehensive portfolio of applications, including AutoCAD software for documentation and professional drafting, complements these core BIM products and helps expand the power of BIM.
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