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Green Products Go Virtual on Google SketchUp

Computer-aided design (CAD) is old hat, but now the Internet is offering manufacturers new opportunities to market to designers using CAD. Google’s 3D Warehouse allows manufacturers to create three-dimensional models of their products for use in its SketchUp design tool; many of these products are green. Whirlpool, for example, offers a group of its Energy Star appliances, Sloan offers models of its waterless urinals, and Google has gathered a collection of generic green building components such as photovoltaic systems and wind turbines. Architects are also uploading designs for green buildings: Michelle Kaufman Designs has uploaded models of its green prefabricated houses, and a model for a green dormitory at Stanford University allows users to explore early design ideas from the project. More information is available at

Published October 30, 2007

Wendt, A. (2007, October 30). Green Products Go Virtual on Google SketchUp. Retrieved from

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