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Avatech Solutions Experiences Rising Demand for Green Building Technology and Services

BALTIMORE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 12, 2008— Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO), Americas leading technology expert for design, engineering, and facilities management, announced that a growing number of customers are using its professional services to effectively and efficiently implement the technology necessary to design and construct greener buildings. Avatechs expertise in the areas of building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design is proving key to architecture and engineering firms that need to comply with the desires of clients and new government regulations.

With buildings consuming 76 percent of all electricity produced by power plants, the U.S. Department of Energys 2030 Builders Challenge calls for all new construction to reduce energy by 50% in 2010 and become carbon neutral by 2030. Architects, design engineers, and building owners are increasingly opting to use BIM and energy analysis to enable buildings to capture passive thermal heat from the sun or use specific building materials to better regulate inside temperatures. These steps significantly reduce a structures energy demand and so reduce building operating costs and environmental concerns.

We have always performed energy analysis, but the use of a BIM model drastically cuts the time required to complete the process. A BIM model quickly connects complex systems together, allowing for more precise analysis of design options for optimal energy savings, says Bob Rayes, director of Advanced Resources for SHW Group, an Avatech client.

Beau Turner, director of business development for Avatech Building Solutions Group, states In the face of volatile energy costs and environmentally focused government regulations, sustainable buildings are becoming the norm. More firms are turning to Avatechs professional services team to implement the latest technologies to create truly sustainable buildings.

The long-term implications associated with the downturn in the economy makes going green sensible for our customers, says George Davis, president and CEO, Avatech Solutions. If done correctly, financial savings from green architecture and construction are realized throughout the building process, as well as the lifetime of the building. In addition to the environmental and building performance benefits, these processes improve the bottom line performance of leading design and construction firms across the country by reducing costs and driving greater efficiencies.

About Avatech Solutions

Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO) is Americas leading professional services company for design and engineering technologies. Avatech advances the way organizations design, develop, and manage building, infrastructure, and manufacturing projects. Fortune 500 and Engineering News Record's Top 100 companies work with Avatech to gain a competitive advantage through technology consulting, implementation, training, and support services. One of the worlds largest integrators of Autodesk software, Avatech designs systems that accelerate innovation while improving quality and profitability. For more information, please visit www.avatech.com.

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