The Green Building XML schema, referred to as "gbXML", was developed to facilitate the transfer of building information stored in CAD building information models, enabling integrated interoperability between building design models and a wide variety of engineering analysis tools and models available today. Today, gbXML has the industry support and wide adoption by the leading CAD vendors, Autodesk, Graphisoft, and Bentley. With the development of export and import capabilities in several major engineering modeling tools, gbXML has become a defacto industry standard schema. Its use dramatically streamlines the transfer of building information to and from engineering models, eliminating the need for time consuming plan take-offs. This removes a significant cost barrier to designing resource efficient buildings and specifying associated equipment. It enables building design teams to truly collaborate and realized the potential benefits of Building Information Modeling.
In June of 2000, the gbXML schema was submitted for inclusion in aecXML(TM), the industry-led initiative, launched by Bentley Systems with much excitement in the summer of 1999. Shortly thereafter, gbXML became the draft schema for the Building Performance & Analysis Working Group. The gbXML.org site was created in February of 2002 to host and further stimulate development of the schema.
XML, extensible markup language, is a type of computer language that allows software programs to communicate information with little to no human interaction. This approach allows building designers to focus on what they want to do most - design beautiful, environmentally responsible buildings that use intelligent technologies to meet their client's needs at the lowest cost possible. Helping realize the promise of Building Information Modeling, gbXML allows intelligent solutions for the design, certification, operation, maintenance, and recycling of buildings. The possibilities are limited only by the collective imagination of the building design community.
If you have an application that is used by the building industry and are interested in making your customers' tasks easier -- look into gbXML today.
gbXML Board of Directors
The following is a list of the current gbXML Board of Directors:
For questions about gbXML please contact, Stephen Roth.