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Green Prefab: A Window Into the Future: Eco-Testing a Building Before It Is Even Built

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Currently, the complexity of the design process makes it difficult to determine, precisely, a building's future energy use - but this won't always be the case. Microsoft Research and the Royal Danish Academy are collaborating with Green Prefab, a small startup in northern Italy, to develop civil engineering tools that take advantage of the power of cloud computing on Windows Azure. These virtual tools have the potential to reduce the time and cost of "Green" building by allowing in-depth simulations of a building's performance and appearance during the design phase.

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