I got this Tweet from Finance and Commerce earlier today and thought it might be of interest to some Locally Grown readers:
Minneapolis architect designs free online tool to estimate energy efficiency http://tinyurl.com/cqlsl3
a senior associate in the Minneapolis office of Perkins & Will, has designed an online tool that could help building design teams meet the goals of the 2030 Challenge. The Challenge is a national initiative that calls for reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in all types of buildings during the next 21 years.
I haven’t had time to explore the tool. I’m interested in hearing from architects, engineers, builders, and developers about whether or not they think it is a worthwhile tool.