Bentley Launches Building Performance Group

16 Sep, 2008

New group will focus on immediate need to create and maintain energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, safer buildings.

Bentley Systems announced today 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 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.

Noah Eckhouse, recently named vice-president of the new group, will head the Building Performance Group. According to Bentley Systems, Eckhouse will lead a team of business developers, industry experts, and sales and support professionals with specialized knowledge and broad experience in building performance issues.

Commenting on the launch of the new group, CEO Greg Bentley said, "The creation of our new Building Performance Group underscores Bentley Systems' long-term commitment to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. It 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."

"Setting the course for this important new initiative is a senior Bentley executive with the vision and experience to ensure its success and future growth. Noah Eckhouse's expertise in the emerging building performance sector, coupled with the sincere passion he brings to this field, uniquely qualifies him. We welcome him to his new role at Bentley," Greg Bentley continued.

Prior to joining Bentley in 2005, Eckhouse was president of Optram; CEO of, an e-commerce analytics software firm; and vice-president of Player Systems. He was also a research specialist in the department of ocean engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"I am excited to launch Bentley's new Building Performance Group and have an opportunity to meaningfully improve the global built environment. Sustaining infrastructure is what we focus on at Bentley, and building performance is emblematic of our purpose. We will bring the best of the world's building-performance tools to current and new Bentley users worldwide," Eckhouse said.