An innovative UK-based green building company, Green Structures, caught our eye when they were named Autodesk Inventor of the Year.
We’ve been tracking Autodesk (Nasdaq:ADSK) for our green investment newsletter, Progressive Investor, because its 3D simulation software virtualizes green building design, green manufacturing processes and cleantech product design.
Green Structures participates in Autodesk’s Clean Tech Partner Program, which gives cleantech pioneers the same access to their software as major manufacturers, enables them to design, visualize and simulate their ideas at a fraction of the regular price. If accepted into the program, they can receive up to $150,000 worth of software for only $50.
Green Structures is developing passive heat recovery ventilation and thermal energy storage systems that are ideal for building retrofits.
The Ventive heat recovery ventilation system works with existing chimneys to channel air and heat, greatly reducing the time and cost involved in installing a system. Typical mechanical systems used today require installation of complex ductwork throughout a building, but Ventive can be installed in less than 30 minutes.
The system provides fresh air and improved climate control, while also saving energy by reducing heating and cooling requirements.
Green Structures accelerated the prototyping process for its Ventive heat recovery ventilation system by using Autodesk Simulation software to digitally simulate wind tunnel tests and perform heat transfer analysis, saving on physical testing costs of approximately $1,550 (£1,000) per day.