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Wanted: Help With Building Design

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Science  14 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5942, pp. 808
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_808

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To create a truly efficient building, don't just buy more insulation, better windows, and efficient lighting. Bigger energy savings, at a lower cost, come from designing a whole building to manage heat and light in an energy-saving way. But current computer-aided design tools are not making it easy for architects to design for efficiency. New software is needed.