Our growing online User Guide provides a series of short focused tutorials on the basic and advanced functions of the tool. If you have a general question about ECCOLAB, for example about your subscription or how the tool works and is maintained, consult our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
If you need further assistance, or would like to arrange bespoke training to suit the needs of your organisation, then please do contact the ECCOLAB team, either by email or through our online form.
To get going with ECCOLAB, we suggest you start by watching our Overview & Quick Start video followed by the other videos short introductory videos here.
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Our growing online user guide explains how to use ECCOLAB through a number of concise topic focused video tutorials. The tutorials are broken down into a number of key topic areas:
This tutorials in this section cover the basic functionality of ECCOLAB and are relevant to all versions of the tool. They get you going with your first project and show how to use the default libraries and specification templates to rapidly create and simulate a range of design options.
Start with the overview and quick start video and then move on to the other short videos explaining how to customise the geometry, location and specification of your option and chart whole life carbon, cost and energy results.
We also cover how you can create flexible benchmark options within your project which can be based on organisational or project targets, industry benchmarks, existing building data or previous project outcomes.
If you're new to ECCOLAB, we suggest you start by watching our Overview & Quick Start video.
Learn how to quickly create unique geometry in ECCOLAB using the building generator.
Set the location of your option, along with the associated climate and cost region.
Rapidly change the specification of your option using ECCOLAB's default specification libraries.
Create options based on benchmark data by selectively over-riding ECCOLAB's engines.
Learn how to customise and download charts from ECCOLAB for inclusion in your own reports.
Our Design and Collaborate paid plans add the ability to import geometry and add additional material quantities to your options.
These tutorial videos explain how to import geometry from SketchUp or REVIT in platform neutral gbXML or IFC format and how to assign ECCOLAB specification templates to floors, individual spaces and imported constructions.
The ability to add additional quantities, enables you to flexibly add quantified elements to either augment the detail in your model, over-ride certain modelled elements when you have more accurate defined quantities - for example structural quantities - or start from scratch and build-up a carbon and cost model without geometry.
ECCOLAB's flexible workspace enables you to create and compare options that reflect the different stages of your project with benchmarks, early stage parametric concepts, developed designs with imported geometry and fully quantified options all presented side-by-side.
Import geometry into ECCOLAB with gbXML (green building XML) files which can be generated by SketchUp using the Gmodeller plug-in.
Import BIM files into ECCOLAB using platform neutral IFC files from applications such as REVIT, and a wide range of energy modelling tools.
Manually enter quantities to add additional elements to your model - or build up a lifecycle carbon and cost model from scratch without geometry.
Learn how to flexibly apply different specification templates to your option geometry by floor, or by individual space.
We are currently developing a comprehensive series of tutorial videos that cover the customisation of ECCOLAB's specification templates in detail. We will notify all users who have subscribed to our mailing list when these are available online.