April Fools

BuildingGreen Unveils Rhino and Revit Plug-ins

Ready to play with Ladybug, Hummingbird, and Honeybee, these plug-ins offer unexpected sustainability benefits.

April 1, 2016

What’s all the scuttlebutt? New green building plug-ins let designers spread their wings.

Image: Alack Jobsken, DEEL AP – Boos/Kitus & Associates
BuildingGreen has announced a line of Rhino and Revit plug-ins to encourage sustainable design. The software tools are available for download after the conclusion of beta testing on April 1, 2016.


Want to add resilience to your Revit model but aren’t sure where to start?

Activate Cockroach to “crawl” the model and flag low-lying mechanical equipment, air-barrier discontinuities, and corners that rely too heavily on electric lighting. Then watch Cockroach scurry as you add daylight and correct other vulnerabilities. No other tool offers the power of a Cockroach infestation!

Woolly Bear

Like the caterpillar whose colored bands predict the severity of the coming winter, Woolly Bear is a set of Caterpillar components that tell you how many more inches of continuous rigid mineral wool insulation you’ll need in order to beat code.

Woolly Bear will add these layers for you, gather the necessary Declare labels to make you feel truly warm inside, and then curl up into a helpless CSV text ball so that you can set it all aside when the contractor objects.

Fruit Fly

Offers automated detection of stale Revit families. Is the curtainwall assembly you’ve used on your last 40 projects lagging behind code? Fruit Fly will silently “swarm” around the bad parameter data, drawing unwanted attention to your desk until you update the model.

Ostrich Bug

Standing desks may be all the rage due to their supposed life-extending benefits, but many occupants still prefer to enjoy their slow march toward death in a seated position.

Just input the age, gender, and recent Netflix selections of your occupant population, and Ostrich’s proprietary algorithms will tell you how many standing workstations you’ll need, with 109% accuracy.


From Revit to Yelp, Spittlebug offers the ultimate in interoperability.

Based on finishes selected for the project, Spittlebug first sketches the curve on which VOCs will be absorbed into occupants’ bloodstreams. With its JuiceJaws module, it then extracts from this data the daily dose of wheatgrass juice needed to offset those pollutants and keep the project compliant with the WELL Building standard—and it integrates that with the operating schedule of the local juice bar. (Note: Plug-in currently available only in parts of Manhattan, Boulder, and Beverly Hills.)

Dung Beetle

With outputs perfectly calibrated for MakerBot, Dung Beetle produces data rollups of precisely how much sh*t we’re all in if we don’t start hitting our 2030 Commitment goals.

In addition to improved energy performance, offices beta-testing Dung Beetle report finally installing goddamn dedicated outdoor-air ventilation in the 3D printing room.


We know … you’re tired of being the lone voice pointing out the health concerns of those finishes to the project team. And so are they.

Now, let Stinkbug do the talking! Integrating with Revit via an actual cloud that is custom-fitted for your conference room, Stinkbug translates data from HPDs, Declare labels, and even product websites into an appropriate stench level. Now they’ll be asking you for Red List-free products.


Has the design team invested a lot of time in a Revit model of the building without even checking the solar orientation?

Watch the model fall to pieces and force a rethink after adding Raid. Raid comes pre-loaded on all BuildingGreen plug-ins and activates itself when needed. One copy is all your office will need to spread the fun!

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