Monday, July 11, 2011
Third-year and second-year architectural technology students in the Department of Building and Civil Engineering at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology are currently taking part in a competition over the summer months to design a passive house using the Building Information Modelling (BIM) software package REVIT. Each student has to produce a BIM REVIT model including: ground and first floor plans; elevations; sections; three perspective or isometric exterior rendered views; four isometric detail sections of foundations/rising wall detail, window/external wall detail, floor/wall connection detail and roof eaves detail. In addition, each student has to produce a 60-second fly-through animation and a 3D schematic of either a mechanical heat recovery ventilation system or a solar-assisted hot water system. I will be posting updates on different aspects of the passive house concept over the coming months to act as a learning resource for the participating students.