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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    Does anyone know of any free or cheap software for having a play about to knock up a few sketches? Small bungalows, kitchens, timber frame software etc? Something that a novice could use perhaps?

    • CommentAuthorMikC
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2017


    Very easy to learn, massive free online database.
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2017
    Sketchup is certainly good, free and worth trying.

    For heavier duty work I've used TurboCAD since about version 3 for DOS. Their lower end version - TurboCAD LTE (£129, similar to AutoCAD LT) - is available on a free trial. It can also import Sketchup files (and various other formats).

    I've also seen positive comments about DraftSight, also similar to AutoCAD LT, which is apparently fremium software - free to try but I think you have to upgrade to the $99 version to print.

    But any CAD software beyond Sketchup does require a significant amount of learning.
    I'd also put a word in for Visio. I find it really easy to use, and oyu can get nice scale drawings out of it.
    Oh - its about £80. I would recommend paying for something. In the grand scheme of things its not a big cost.
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2017
    https://nanocad.com has a well-featured free version, is full 3D Autocad (not just LT) to all intents and purposes.
    • CommentAuthorBowman
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2017
    Had a quick look at some sketchup tutorials, looks pretty decent. Wouldn't be surprised if my 8yr old boy would get into this as he loves playing on Minecraft..

    I'll download this, thanks
    • CommentAuthorMackers
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2017
    Another vote for SketchUp!
    Yes, SketchUp is great.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2017
    One of the good things about SU is its community, both in terms of the helpful members of their forum and also the plugins, videos etc many people have contributed.
    • CommentAuthorcjard
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2017
    I use SketchUp extensively and think it's great, but I heartily recommend doing yourself a massive favour and watch the official tutorials. You don't learn it properly by assuming it works like every other drawing(paint) program you've ever used, or any other cad package. If you don't watch the tutorials, you'll waste more time learning the wrong way to do things than taking half an hour out will cost you..

    Also, be sure you read or watch up on how layers work; in SU they're nothing like layers in the concept of a paint program, and you'll make a big mess of your model if you don't assemble it correctly from the get go (my first attempt to model my house realised a model that was 100mb when saved, and it had thousands of errors. I scrapped it and started over with what I'd learned and practiced and the version two was about 7mb when saved, but more detailed, no errors)
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