May 11, 2012

Useful Websites


Design Inspiration

Social Media

File Sharing
dropbox.com - Good for Group Projects and backups

Organizational Tools

Assessment and Demographic Information
www.census.gov - Federal Census Bureau Homepage
www.epodunk.com - Information on Cities, Towns & Communities
www.zillow.com - Demographic and Economic Stats by City/Town https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.awltovhc.com%2Fimage-6424557-11174815&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*

Boston information
The Boston Redevelopment Authority - Boston's Planning and Economic Development Agency. Sources for maps, drawings, etc.
www.mapjunction.com/bra - The Boston Atlas from the BRA
www.cityofboston.gov/maps - Greater Boston info only, assessment and service information
www.mass.gov/mgis/massgis.htm - state wide information - Oliver

Climate Design

Solar
Astrum Solar Calculator Lets you see the finances around solar panel installation using some site conditions and location in the calculations
University of Oregon Polar sun path chart program - Lets you create a sun path diagram for your building's latitude
SkyCalc - Skylight Design Tool 
Sustainable by Design Tools - Sun Angle, Sun Position, and Solar Path. They also have tools for window design such as window overhangs, louver shading and window heat gain tools.

Free Images to help you Render
all-silhouettes.com Website with free people silhouettes
cgtextures.com A website with free pictures and textures to help you rendering

immediateentourage.com Free pictures, sketchup models and tutorials
Vecteezy.com
Energy
NOAA Solar Calendar - Find Sunrise, Sunset, Solar Noon and Solar Position for Any Place on Earth
Energy Design Resources - Guide to energy efficient design practices

Lighting Websites
www.elumit.com - Lighting fixtures and schedule

Windows
Andersen Windows lets you download plan and elevations of windows through the web.

Places to find free CAD files to supplement your drawings.
cadyou.com - Site domain for sale, discontinued?

strongtie.com - Metal Hanger Drawings


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