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1st Pricing to Offer LEED Building Component
 Calculations in their 5D BIM Search Engine


January 5, 2010: Signal Hill, Calif. – 1st Pricing, a Southern California-based eCommerce and Technology Company, will soon be offering LEED calculations for specific building components as part of their revolutionary 1st Pricing BIM search technology. LEED is a Green Building Certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED Certification Systems helps to quantify sustainability and building efficiencies.

“In order to mainstream Green or Sustainable building practices, you need to make the information more easily available and useable.” said Douglas Lopez, founder of 1st Pricing. “We have been providing “live” pricing for real-world products since 2003 so calculating LEED credits on those products will be a simple but value-added proposition.” Lopez continues “One section of the LEED calculation specifically deals with Materials and Resources – we will be able to automatically calculate LEED credits for materials used in the design model with manufacturer specific data. Then we can populate the regulatory form and provide precision pricing all within the click of a mouse. Since 1st Pricing is a leader in 5D technology – including their “5e” eCommerce technology – we are defining best practices for “greening” the process of building by making all relevant building component data available online for review, edit and purchase. Decision makers will be presented with multiple brands, total price, LEED ratings and the ability to buy the right product online. The key part to making BIM more effective is to make it “native” to the design process – no import or export – no upload or download. We do that now and the new LEED process will be part of that seamless approach.”

1ST Pricing is dedicated to providing authoritative information and making it readily available both within CAD and outside of CAD for the Architect, Contractor, and Owner. While completing this enhancement we will focus on creating strategic partnerships with technology firms and manufacturers of building materials to return all the commercially available products in the construction industry with the click of a mouse.

The 1st Pricing technology accesses multiple databases through an internet portal and can pull all brands that are available in the region plus, Green information, Energy ratings, RFID or any other relevant manufacturer specific data. It can provide either availability options or comparison pricing of multiple brands to fill out a detailed bill of materials with all related content on demand. At the same time, an online shopping cart is created for easy fulfillment from a local material distributor based on the project zip code. Changes and updates are made within seconds so that everyone is on the same page. Today, the Company is focused on building materials for residential construction but plans to add commercial building products in the future. In the CAD industry, the supply chain component is often referred to as the “fifth dimension of CAD” or 5D.
“Our simple to use technology identifies available products by zip code providing viable options to everyone involved in the building process.” adds Lopez. “By identifying multiple brand solutions from local suppliers to precise architectural specifications, we are empowering the homeowner and their contractor with a number of fulfillment choices ranging from what is available to delivered-to-the-jobsite pricing.”

About LEED

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.

About 1st Pricing

1st Pricing, an Autodesk® authorized developer, currently offers free plug-ins for users of AutoCAD® and TurboCAD®. Plug-ins for Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD® are currently in beta and are expected to be released soon. More platforms are in development. The 1st Pricing technology was initially released in TurboCAD in 2003.

1st Pricing is part of California Distribution Center (CDC), a building material distribution company focusing on fenestration products. CDC Also operates 1st Windows.com - the only site on the Internet that offers instant, real-time, dynamic pricing and purchase of both replacement and new construction windows. The website, which also offers doors, skylights and acrylic glass block windows, has been online since April of 2000.

The site allows anyone, homeowner, do-it-yourselfer, architect or contractor, to get buy-it-now pricing for made-to-order windows. Not only does the site offer pricing for a specific brand, it can offer on-demand pricing for up to six brands, simultaneously, with the click of a mouse. When the order is fulfilled, the manufacturer delivers the product directly to the jobsite.

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