Things To Consider When Building A Green Home

The last place I worked at was at one time a thriving design / build firm. On a few occasions the brain trust from the Architecture department and the Construction department would gather their donuts and coffee and meet in the conference room to discuss the quality of our construction drawings and how to improve them.

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So today I’m looking for work and I’m reading the few ads out there for architectural work and I see over and over “must know AutoCAD”. Why? Is anybody out there really drawing floor plans using lines to represent a wall?Blocks for doors? Really? I’m sorry but that is just ludicrous. I could never work there because I would not be able to stop calling people stupid. I would probably not get past the first phone interview. I’d demand to know why. A chisel and a stone tablet are almost as efficient.

I just don’t understand why the whole world isn’t in eager anticipation of the next release of Revit and the schools aren’t jam packed with people trying to learn it. Revit books should be best sellers. This should be discussed on CNBC and even the nightly news. This is the most exciting thing to ever happen to the professional practice of architecture. And it’s really just the beginning of the BIM revolution.

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Autodesk gets part of the blame for this because they are competing against themselves with at least four different products for architecture; AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Architectural Desktop (Now called AutoCAD for Architecture, and Revit. That’s confusing. In the past, they have sent a lot of mixed messages. Which one is best for what I do? Which one is cheapest? Which one will help me meet women and drive a new sports car? And I didn’t even mention consulting engineers and the competing products they use.

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