Software List

The following is a list of BIM authoring and analysis software tools that integrate with gbXML. Click the vendor name hyperlink in any row to view more information about the vendor and the software that they offer. (Also, please note the "Not Yet" label located under the "gbXML Verified" column means that the software has not undergone the verification process which is still a work-in-progress on our part. The fact that the software is listed here means that it does successfully import or export gbXML.)

BIM Authoring and CAD Software Tools

Vendor
Tool
BIM/Analysis
gbXML Verified
Design Workshop
BIM
Not Yet
A complete software power tool for creating 3D models, walkthroughs, and renderings, from initial sketches to polished presentations. Visit Website
AutoCAD Architecture
BIM
Not Yet
Designed for architects and built on AutoCAD software, AutoCAD Architecture offers the productivity of automated documentation, the efficiency of intelligent architectural objects, and the flexibility of file-based collaboration. Visit Website
AutoCAD MEP
BIM
Not Yet
The building engineering software application that connects the design, documentation, and analysis of complex building mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. Visit Website
AutoCAD Revit Architecture & Autodesk Revit MEP
BIM
Not Yet
Gain instant competitive advantage with the Autodesk Revit building design and documentation system, purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM). Change anything, anytime, anywhere, and Revit coordinates the change everywhere. Visit Website
Bentley AECOsim Building Designer
BIM
Not Yet
This single, integrated application includes tools for architectural, structural, mechanical systems, and electrical design and construction documentation. It fully supports large, complex, distributed models - enabling teams to deliver bigger and more finely detailed projects while taking advantage of the many benefits associated with BIM. Among these are an informed work environment that leads to better decisions and better-performing infrastructure, along with lower-cost and faster project execution. Visit Website
Bentley Architecture
BIM
Not Yet
Bentley Architecture is an advanced, yet intuitive and easy-to-use architectural building information modeling (BIM) application that empowers architects and designers to create with unlimited freedom. Visit Website
Bentley Building Mechanical Systems
BIM
Not Yet
An advanced, yet intuitive and easy-to-use building information modeling (BIM) application that empowers mechanical engineers with unlimited freedom to explore more design options, make better informed design decisions, and predict costs and performance. Visit Website
Bentley speedikon Architectural
BIM
Not Yet
Bentley speedikon Architectural is a fast, powerful, and integrated (BIM) application for MicroStation and AutoCAD building design and construction documentation of new and existing structures of any size and complexity, such as offices, airports, hospitals, and manufacturing plants. Visit Website
Envisioneer
BIM
Not Yet
Envisioneer is a true, award winning Building Information Modeling (BIM) solution designed specifically for the residential and light commercial markets. Design in 2D and 3D concurrently, produce detailed construction documents, framing components, and accurate material and cut lists. Apply interior and exterior design elements to your designs from furniture, flooring and countertops to roofs, terrains, and hardscape features. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Visit Website
DDS-CAD
BIM
Not Yet
DDS-CAD from Data Design System (A Nemetschek Company) is part of the Open BIM community that allows MEP engineers to perform mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design and layout for buildings. DDS-CAD successfully imports gbXML geometry so you can start laying out your MEP systems. Visit Website
Simergy / Building Model Creator™
BIM
Not Yet
Simergy was developed by Digital Alchemy in conjunction with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and a number of other software partners. It is a comprehensive graphical user interface (GUI) for EnergyPlus that includes a complete workflow solution that takes the user all the way through the building design and analysis process starting from the early stages to detailed design. Simergy includes the Building Model Creator™ which allows users to building models and export to IFC, IDF, and gbXML. Visit Website
ArchiCAD
BIM
Not Yet
ArchiCAD is an architectural BIM CAD software for Macintosh and Windows developed by Graphisoft. ArchiCAD offers computer aided solutions for handling all common aspects of aesthetics and engineering during the whole design process of the built environment — buildings, interiors, urban areas, etc. The company, Cadimage, develops a gbXML plug-in for ArchiCAD. You can email their support here to request the plug-in. Visit ArchiCAD Website
Vectorworks Architect 2013
BIM
Not Yet

With Vectorworks Architect software, you can create building information models without giving up the design freedom you need. Whether you're looking to streamline costs, analyze materials, increase your energy efficiency, or just create world- class designs, with the Vectorworks Architect solution, BIM just works. Enjoy the robust and flexible capabilities of BIM with the ease of design, great documentation, and intelligent tools that the software is known for - right from the start.

With direct support for gbXML, you can now easily export required information to communicate with a wide variety of energy modeling and analysis applications. Visit Website

Onuma BIMStorm
BIM
Not Yet
BIMStorm allows realtime web-based collaberation of BIM. BIMStorm now exports BIM via gbXML. Visit Website
Rhino 3D and Grasshopper
BIM
Not Yet
Rhinoceros 3d (or Rhino 3d) is a 3d modeling software tool that can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate nurbs* curves, surfaces, and solids, point clouds, and polygon meshes. Rhino 3d has a very active ecosystem of software plug-ins including Grasshopper and Honeybee that extend the functionality of the tool. These plug-ins were developed by Mostapha Roudsari of the University of Pennsylvania and allow Rhino models to export to gbXML. Visit Website
SketchUp
BIM
Not Yet

Trimble SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design.

A gbXML plug-in is available for SketchUp via the Legacy OpenStudio Plug-in from NREL. This plug-in makes it easy to create and edit the building geometry in your EnergyPlus input files. It also allows you to launch EnergyPlus simulations and view the results without leaving the SketchUp 3D drawing program.

Note that active development has moved from the Legacy OpenStudio Plug-in to the more comprehensive OpenStudio suite of tools and libraries. Changes to the Legacy OpenStudio Plug-in will be limited to bug fixes and compatibility updates for new versions of EnergyPlus.

The Legacy OpenStudio Plug-in was created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy as an interface to the EnergyPlus simulation engine. Refer to the EnergyPlus webpage at energyplus.gov for an overview of the concept and features. Visit Website




Building Analysis Software Tools

Vendor
Tool
BIM/Analysis
gbXML Verified
EnergySave
Analysis
Not Yet
An easy to use intelligent interface to Arup's Energy2 building energy analysis program. Visit Website
Green Building Studio (GBS)
Analysis
Not Yet
A building energy analysis web service designed for easy integration with existing 3D-CAD/BIM software tools. Below are files that are produced by the GBS:
  • DOE-2.2
    One of the most advanced and widely used building energy analysis engines.
  • EnergyPlus
    The successor to DOE-2 that has advanced building analysis capabilities.
  • eQuest
    The most widely used graphical building energy analysis tool in the world.
  • VRML & X3D
    Virtual Reality Modeling Language and its XML version used for describing 3D environments.
Visit Website
Bentley-AECOsim
Analysis
Not Yet
AECOsim Energy Simulator is a rigorous yet intuitive application for the design, simulation, and analysis of building mechanical systems, environmental conditions, and energy performance. Used in both design and retrofit work, the software contributes to better-performing, more sustainable buildings that consume less energy; provide greater occupant productivity, comfort, and safety; and control lifecycle operational energy costs for their owners. AECOsim fully supports gbXML. Visit Website
Bentley-Hevacomp
Analysis
Not Yet
Bentley Hevacomp offers software for building performance design, simulation, and energy certification based on the EnergyPlus analysis engine. Hevacomp is used worldwide to predict a building's real-world performance and provide compliance checking and documentation for international standards. Visit Website
BlueCFD-AIR
Analysis
Not Yet
blueCFD-AIR is a brand new Graphical User Interface that allows a more efficient application of CFD to problems in buildings and structures. AEC professionals thus gain access to an easy to use and highly precise tool, to aid in the analysis of one or several design alternatives. It can import gbXML (Green Building XML) files generated by CAD and BIM applications, as well as other LEED applications that use gbXML for building and energy information exchange. The CFD capabilities used by blueCFD-AIR are provided by blueCFD-Core, which is a high quality cross-compiled build version of OpenFOAM for Windows; the possibility to couple to other software like STAR-CCM+ is planned for future versions of blueCFD-AIR. Visit Website
Cymap
Analysis
Not Yet
An integrated building services design suite, covering both mechanical and electrical. Imports gbXML building data for use in services design, energy analysis and demonstrating compliance with Building Regulations. Visit Website
HAP (Hourly Analysis Program)
Analysis
Not Yet
HAP is a dual function program - full-featured load estimating and system sizing for commercial buildings plus versatile hour-by-hour energy and operating cost analysis. Visit Website
CYPETHERM Loads, HVAC, EPlus, and CYPELUX
Analysis
Not Yet
CYPE is a firm that develops and distributes technical software for Architecture, Engineering and Construction professionals. CYPETHERM Suite is a group of CYPE programs for thermal and energy analysis of buildings in accordance with current national and international standards. The applications that work with the 3D model of the building are integrated into the Open BIM workflow via the gbXML and IFC standards:
  • CYPETHERM Loads. Thermal load calculation of buildings according to the Radiant Time Series Method (RTSM), proposed by ASHRAE.
  • CYPETHERM HVAC. Design of HVAC installations (heating, ventilation and air conditioning).
  • CYPETHERM EPlus. Modelling and energy simulation of buildings with EnergyPlus™.
  • CYPELUX. Design of normal and emergency lighting installations, as well as their evaluation.
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DesignBuilder v2
Analysis
Not Yet
DesignBuilder is a state-of-the-art software tool for checking building energy, CO2, lighting and comfort performance. Developed to simplify the process of building simulation, DesignBuilder allows users to rapidly compare the function and performance of building designs and deliver results on time and on budget. Visit Website
DIALux 4.9
Analysis
Not Yet

DIALux. The free and complete software developed for professional light planning is open to luminaires of all manufacturers. A software by planners for planners. Used by many hundreds of thousands of light planners and designers worldwide. And their number is growing from day to day.

Create your virtual worlds simply and intuitively with DIALux. Document your results in breath-taking, photorealistic visualizations. Delight your customers with daylight and artificial light scenarios through which they can glide with wild camera runs. Rely on the CAD data of other architecture programmes and re-export your files easily.

Receiving data from an architect is the normal start for the lighting designer. Supported formats are DXF, DWG and STF. The latest innovation is the gbXML interface to DIALux. All mayor CAD manufacturers support this interface. The Green Building XML (gbXML) open schema helps to facilitate the transfer of building geometry and properties stored in a 3D BIM database (e.g. Revit, ArchiCAD) to analysis tools like DIALux. Visit Website

Simergy
Analysis
Not Yet
Simergy was developed by Digital Alchemy in conjunction with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and a number of other software partners. It is a comprehensive graphical user interface (GUI) for EnergyPlus that includes a complete workflow solution that takes the user all the way through the building design and analysis process starting from the early stages to detailed design. The workflows facilitate the cycles of analysis that enable exploration of system types and enable innovative HVAC system design. Visit Website
Lesosai
Analysis
Not Yet

Lesosai from E4 Tech is a software for the certification, thermal balance calculation of buildings containing one or more heated or cooled zones.

Lesosai allow a building life cycle calculation. It is designed primarily for building engineers, HVAC engineers and architects. It's certified for Switzerland, Luxembourg and France. Visit Website

Chvac - Commercial HVAC Load Calculations
Analysis
Not Yet
Chvac quickly and accurately calculates the maximum heating and cooling loads for commercial buildings. The cooling loads can be calculated with either the CLTD method or the new RTS (Radiant Time Series) method. The program allows an unlimited number of zones which can be grouped into as many as 100 air handling systems. CHVAC now imports/exports gbXML files and a video demonstration of that feature can be seen here. Visit Website
EnergyPro
Analysis
Not Yet
EnergyPro is currently certified for use with the California Title 24 Standards. It is the only Windows based program certified for use with BOTH Residential and Nonresidential Buildings. EnergyPro imports gbXML schemas for true interop with BIM authoring software. Visit Website
Tas Building Designer simulation software from EDSL (www.edsl.net) is a new generation product, no old legacy code to slow you down. Try it for room load and plant component sizing, energy use and running costs, CO2 emissions, natural ventilation and passive design with solar shading. Visit Website
greenspace Live Energy Design and Analysis Tools
Analysis
Not Yet

Our on-line products work together to provide you with an easy-to-use rapid workflow. Design activities start in gWorkspace, where facility owners, architects and energy assessors can share key information including building documents, site photos and plans. gModeller is a greenspaceLive plug-in for Google SketchUp, one of the most popular 3D modelling tools in the world. It turns SketchUp models into Green Building XML (gbXML) models which can then be analyzed for energy purposes using downstream tools.

gEnergyEPC generates government accredited Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's) in line with the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and building energy analysis reports. gDashboard presents rich information and reports about the full building portfolio managed by greenspaceLive. Visit Website

HVAC Solution
Analysis
Not Yet
HVAC Solution software is a 2D schematic software tool that helps users design air handing, airflow, hydronic and steam systems. It can import HVAC-related information from software tools such as Trane, Trace and Elite CHVAC using gbXML. Visit Website
Virtual Environment (VE)
Analysis
Not Yet
The Virtual Environment (VE) from IES is a unique, integrated system for building performance assessment that brings productivity and excellence to every aspect of building design. Visit Website
RaumGEO
Analysis
Not Yet
RaumGEO is a german CAE application that has a gbXML-import-module for building data to calculate heating and cooling loads and energy requirements for buildings with mh-software. A 3D viewer lets you visually check and define the gbXML data before it is imported. Within RaumGEO the building data may be edited or completed before HVAC calculations are started. Calculated HVAC networks may be returned to any CAD system. Visit Website
OpenStudio is a cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) collection of software tools to support whole building energy modeling using EnergyPlus and advanced daylight analysis using Radiance. OpenStudio is an open source (LGPL) project to facilitate community development, extension, and private sector adoption. OpenStudio includes graphical interfaces along with a Software Development Kit (SDK).

The graphical applications include the OpenStudio SketchUp Plug-in, OpenStudio Application, ResultsViewer and the Parametric Analysis Tool. The OpenStudio SketchUp Plug-in is an extension to Trimble's popular SketchUp 3D modeling tool that allows users to quickly create geometry needed for EnergyPlus. Additionally, OpenStudio supports import of gbXML and IFC for geometry creation. The OpenStudio Application is a fully featured graphical interface to OpenStudio models including envelope, loads, schedules, and HVAC. ResultsViewer enables browsing, plotting, and comparing simulation output data, especially time series. The Parametric Analysis Tool enables studying the impact of applying multiple combinations of OpenStudio Measures to a base model as well as export of the analysis results for EDAPT submission.

In addition to the graphical interface, OpenStudio allows building researchers and software developers to quickly get started through its multiple entry levels, including access through C++, Ruby, and C#. Users can leverage the Ruby interface to create OpenStudio Measures that can be easily shared and applied to OpenStudio Models. Visit Website
Cylon Controls Ltd. & Ace Controls ltd.
Analysis
Not Yet
Development of a generic web based software tool that integrates standard building management systems and third party auditing applications. Visit Website
ReluxSuite
Analysis
Not Yet
Relux Informatik AG, located in Switzerland, is involved in the development, production and distribution of ReluxSuite, the free lighting planning software tool for lighting and sensor planners. This suite provides users with all the software and data necessary for professional lighting planning.

The ReluxSuite includes the following software tools:
  1. ReluxPro
  2. ReluxSensor
  3. ReluxOffer
  4. ReluxEnergy
ReluxSuite imports geometric data from gbXML files produced by BIM authoring tools such as Autodesk Revit. Click here for a short video tutorial on how that works. Visit ReluxSuite Website
Win_Ht is a calculation program focused on calculations for Swiss standards - e.g. SIA Norms.

Win_Ht Version 3.11 - release date September 30th, 2016 - will import versions 5.0 to 6.01 of gbXML. Imported data can be used to calculate heating loads, underfloor heating, radiators, system redundancy, thermal energy, heat transmission and more. Visit Website
Green-Building-Information-System (GBIS)
Analysis
Not Yet
GBIS is a CAD application that provides a bidirectional gbXML-based connection to the SOLAR-COMPUTER suite of calculation programs for buildings (energy analysis, heat load, and cooling load) and systems (radiators, heat piping, ventilation, and drinking water). GBIS enhances the gbXML file with internal CAD data. This allows for a very detailed building model and error checking. SOLAR-COMPUTER building programs can also import gbXML files directly. Visit Website
Trace 700
Analysis
Not Yet
A comprehensive and widely used energy and economic analysis tool for mechanical engineers. Visit Website