New building codes, LEED, energy bills, and now ASHRAE are all catering their standards to meet the needs of us Revit users... Computer analysis of buildings is on the rise. This is why you should all know Revit and be comfortable with it (as well as the many analysis programs) while in school. What better time to learn?!
ASHRAE Releases Standard for Moisture-Control Design Analysis
"The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has released a new standard to address the challenges of using computer modeling programs to optimize a building design’s energy efficiency while minimizing the risk of moisture and mold problems.
Standard 160-2009, “Criteria for Moisture-Control Design Analysis in Buildings,” is intended for use on commercial buildings (although it could be used for homes as well) and describes methods of calculating conditions for a model that will give the most accurate picture of a building’s moisture performance.
The standard will likely be used to inform prescriptive building code language; a draft version of the standard was already used to craft requirements for vapor barriers in one code...See the Article here."