Graphisoft R&D zrt. (Graphisoft), a Hungary-based developer of Virtual Building solutions, has introduced a new building energy evaluation tool, EcoDesigner, for ArchiCAD 12. The new EcoDesigner is an integrated, easy–to-use energy evaluation tool for architects. EcoDesigner enables architects to control the energy consumption of their buildings, and sets new standards in sustainable design. The new EcoDesigner will start shipping by the end of May 2009.

With EcoDesigner, architects will have easy access to much needed energy information concerning their project in the early design phase, as opposed to relying on outside professionals to analyze the buildings when the design is well advanced and decisions are irreversible.

“The majority of design decisions influencing a building’s energy performance are made by the architect in the early design phase,” said Miklos Szovenyi-Lux, vice president of Graphisoft Product Management. “At later design phases, engineers can only make adjustments by applying special building materials and mechanical systems. Graphisoft EcoDesigner provides architects with a unique easy-to-use tool in their native design environment to make energy-conscious decisions even during the early phase of the design.”