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CAD and Design Tools
This page carries links to software providers. Some software is free to download having been written and provided by various built environment companies/organisations. Free distribution may be limited to certain groups for example, UK students. Other packages must be purchased but may be available free for a trial period, typically 30 days.

AutoCAD Education version. Architecture and design students are entitled to receive the fully functional version of ArchiCAD for free.

Daylight Visualization
VELUX Daylight Visualizer is a simple tool for daylighting design and analysis. It is intended to promote the use of daylight in buildings and to aid professionals by predicting and documenting daylight levels and appearance of a space prior to realization of the building design.

Renewable Energy Tools
The RETScreen International Clean Energy Project Analysis Software can be used worldwide to evaluate the energy production and savings, life-cycle costs, emission reductions, financial viability and risk for various types of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies (RETs).

Standard Building Energy Model (SBEM)
Developed by the Building Research Establishment, SBEM is a computer program that provides an analysis of a building's energy consumption. SBEM calculates monthly energy use and carbon dioxide emissions of a building given a description of the building geometry, construction, use and HVAC and lighting equipment

Steel Construction Design Tools.
Comprehensive suite of software programs dedicated to providing assistance in the design of steel intensive buildings.

Virtual Environment
<Virtual Environment> is a unique software system of integrated building performance analysis tools for use by architects and engineers, planners and facilities managers. It is available at a special student offer price of 50 per annual licence. See website for details.

links to postgraduate courses in the built environment
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