February 06, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
(FORT MILL, SC – FEBRUARY 6, 2008) – VELUX America has made a wide range of its skylights and roof windows available online as 3-D models drawn in Google® SketchUp™. The models are available to architects, builders, remodelers, designers and other trade audiences, as well as to consumers building or remodeling homes, through the Google® 3D Warehouse. Google SketchUp makes it easy to find and import 3-D models from the 3D Warehouse into a SketchUp model, and VELUX has now made it easy for people designing in 3-D to import high quality models of many VELUX products into their 3-D designs.

Joe Patrick, senior product manager with VELUX, says that the company partnered with Blue Marble Project, a Hawthorne, California-based company which creates SketchUp models, to put its products into the proper format and make them available on the Web. “Now users can simply choose and paste skylights or roof windows into their conceptual design documents that will later go into architectural drawings, house plans or blueprints. They can also access all the necessary information to specify the products with a few clicks of the mouse.”

Google SketchUp is powerful, yet easy-to-learn and use, software developed to provide quick and easy 3-D for conceptual stages of design. The Google 3D Warehouse is a repository of 3-D objects that expedites the design process. Both free and professional versions of Google SketchUp 3D design software are available at To view VELUX 3-D models, visit and search for the VELUX Collections.

VELUX skylights in the collection are ENERGY STAR® qualified and VELUX was ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2002.

This year VELUX will introduce its solar water heating system to the US market and 3-D models of VELUX solar collectors will also be available in Google SketchUp at 3D Warehouse.

The VELUX Group is the world leader in skylights and roof windows and is one of the strongest brands in the global building materials sector. VELUX America products are available nationwide through home centers, building material suppliers, lumberyards, and independent door, window, or roofing retailers.

The company offers fixed skylights, manual or electric venting skylights, tubular skylights, top-hinged and balcony roof windows and a complete line of accessories for these products including exterior and interior sunscreens, blinds, shades, insect screens and manual and remote control devices for operating the units.

For complete product information as well as installation sources, visit