Bentley Launches Building Performance Group

Bentley Systems, Inc., on Sept. 17 announced the launch of a new group dedicated to helping architects, engineers, construction professionals, and owner-operators design, build, and operate better-performing, more sustainable buildings.

Bentley's new Building Performance Group will focus on software solutions and products that address the immediate global need to create and maintain energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, safer buildings that also set the benchmark for occupant comfort. Among the new group's current offerings are Bentley's recently acquired Hevacomp line of leading building services design software that includes products for energy analysis, heating and cooling load calculations, pipe and duct sizing, and electrical system design, and Tas software for fast, in-depth energy analysis and simulation of demanding and challenging large-scale building environments.

The Building Performance Group will be headed by Noah Eckhouse, former director of business development supporting Bentley's portfolio development function and recently named vice president of the new group.

Chief Executive Officer Greg Bentley said, "The creation of our new Building Performance Group … will make available a growing number of highly integrated, advanced software tools that architects, engineers, and low-carbon consultants can deploy to address the increasing demand for buildings designed with lifecycle performance in mind. These better-performing buildings will be more energy and water efficient, will emit less carbon waste, and will be safer to operate and work or live in."

Prior to joining Bentley in 2005, Eckhouse was president of Optram, Inc., chief executive officer of, an e-commerce analytics software firm, and vice president of Player Systems Corp. He was also a research specialist in the department of ocean engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Eckhouse graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.

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