Useful Websites

Design Inspiration
Architectural Design Websites

Social Media

File Sharing - Good for Group Projects - Links to your files on the internet

Organization Tools
Free Downloadable Calendar 

Assessment and Demographic Information - Federal Census Bureau Homepage - 2010 Census Information - Great resource for demographic and economic information

Boston Information
The Boston Redevelopment Authority - Boston's Planning and Economic Development Agency. Sources for maps, drawings, etc. - The Boston Atlas from the BRA - Greater Boston info only, assessment and service information - state wide information - Oliver - USGS Ortho Imagery

Climate Design - 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 - Lighting fixtures and schedule

NOAA - Soil Moisture Map

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 A website with free pictures and textures to help you rendering Website with free people silhouettes

Andersen Window 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. 
NRCS CAD Standard - Metal Hanger Drawings

Subway Tiles for CAD

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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