Philadelphia, PA: A new Revit application, Tally™ is available for measuring the environmental impact of building materials directly in a Revit model during the design process. The application is available for free through Autodesk Labs and Tally website till March 1, 2014. The new software application allows designers and architects to leverage Life Cycle Data at the speed of design.
Launched in November last year at the Greenbuild conference, Tally™ has captured the attention of engineers, architects, product manufacturers, building professionals and others who are looking for an intuitive as well as integrated tool to understanding the environmental influence of materials on a building’s complete ecological footprint.
Users have reported that Tally™ is easier to use and requires leaser time to conduct a whole building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) than the methods employed earlier. LCA is a time consuming and labour intensive process and Tally™ can simplify the process by allowing designers to combine BIM elements and construction materials with a strong, credible database and generate a variety of reports.
A range of questions asked during design, like where the largest environmental impacts reside within a design and how those impacts compare across material options and relative to operations-related energy consumption are included in the Tally™ report. Facilitating the procedure of assigning discreet building materials and quantities like those modeled without precise volume and accessory materials (sealants, screws, finishes, etc.) that are not modeled at all, Tally™ provides a complete bill of goods. There is no other environmental assessment tool can achieve this kind of inventory at the same resolution.
The United States Green Building Council’s LEED v4 rewards project teams that utilize complete building LCA. Tally™ places the environmental effect of materials along with factors of cost, energy and performance and allows architects to develop strong, beautiful, efficient and lasting buildings.