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Autodesk’s Revit 2020.1 Release—Big New MEP Features

Autodesk has partnered with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), making Revit more integrated with EnergyPlus—the industry’s leading building energy systems simulation engine and OpenStudio SDK.


Autodesk has announced Revit 2020.1, the latest dot point update to the company’s flagship AEC application. The major new feature is centered on MEP design. Now mechanical engineers can use the same Revit model for documentation, design, and analysis, eliminating the need to create redundant analytical models.

Partnership with DOE

The new functionality is a result of a partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), making Revit more integrated with EnergyPlus — the industry’s leading building energy systems simulation engine and OpenStudio SDK.

Revit 2020.1 update enables mechanical engineers to design, document and perform energy analysis all inside Revit for the first time without the need for separate analysis models.

Pierre-Andre Trudel, mechanical engineer, and BIM manager at EXP was a beta tester for the new functionality and said, “I find this mind-blowing. The idea of having the entire system intent define without having a single piece of equipment inside the model – to me this just shifted what Revit is for mechanical designers. This is something really exceptional.”

Other new features in Autodesk Revit 2020.1 include releasing the new Autodesk Structural Precast Extension for Revit 2020.1. It delivers the precast double wall, the fifth element available through this Revit extension.

More information about Revit 2020.1 can be found here.

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