Useful Websites

Design Inspiration
Architectural Design Websites


Social Media
archinect.com
linkedin.com

File Sharing
dropbox.com - Good for Group Projects
rapidshare.com - Links to your files on the internet

Organization Tools
Free Downloadable Calendar 

Assessment and Demographic Information 
www.census.gov - Federal Census Bureau Homepage
2010.census.gov/2010census - 2010 Census Information
www.city-data.com
www.epodunk.com
www.zillow.com - Great resource for demographic and economic information
www.zipskinny.com

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
www.mass.gov/mgis/colororthos2008.htm - USGS Ortho Imagery
www.mapjunction.com

Climate Design
www.energy-design-tools.aud.ucla.edu - Climate Consultant
Weather Station Data
National Resources Conservation Service - National Water and Climate Center

Energy Design
Energy Design Resources - Guide to energy efficient design practices
MIT Design AdviserArchitects and Building Designers can use this online computer modeling program to improve indoor comfort and energy performance of building design
InspectAPedia - Free Encyclopedia of Building and Environmental Inspection, Testing, Diagnosis, Repair


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

Soil
NOAA - Soil Moisture Map

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


Andersen Window
windowsymbols.com lets you download plan and elevations of windows through the web. They also have a downloadable stand alone program Window Studio which allows you to create windows for use in CAD and Google SketchUp on your computer.
Windows Studio Google SketchUp® 8 and 7

Places to find free CAD files to supplement your drawings.
cadyou.com
cadcorner.ca
ceco.net
cben.net

Draftsperson.net
entourageautocadblocks.blogspot.com.au 
max-cad.com 
NRCS CAD Standard
strongtie.com - Metal Hanger Drawings

Subway Tiles for CAD
http://www.subwaytile.com/CAD_DL.shtml

Sketch-Up Plugins
Andersen Windows - Windows Studio Google SketchUp® 8 and 7 

Window Efficiency
Efficient Window Collaborative - Your gateway to information on how to choose energy-efficient windows
Windows for High-performance Commercial Buildings - Tools to design Commercial Windows

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