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BIDS End User License Agreement

NOTICE TO USER: PLEASE READ THIS CONTRACT CAREFULLY. BY USING ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE SOFTWARE YOU ACCEPT ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING, IN PARTICULAR THE LIMITATIONS ON: INDIVIDUAL USE AND TRANSFERABILITY; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP OF EACH ASPECT OF THE TOOL BARRING DUPLICATION OR IMITATION; AND LIABILITY. BY CLICKING ON I AGREE, YOU AGREE THAT THIS AGREEMENT IS ENFORCEABLE LIKE ANY WRITTEN NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT SIGNED BY YOU.

Carnegie Mellon’s BIDS, Building Investment Decision Support, is a case-based decision-making tool that calculates the economic value added of investing in high performance building systems based on the findings of building owners and researchers around the world. The framework of multiple life-cycle variables to cost justify key design innovations within a rich data base of international case studies, and the EVA/NPV calculator that incorporates a range of financial assumptions linked to international organizations, is fully patented by U.S and Pennsylvania law as well as legally adopted by all ABSIC members.

Ownership and use of all BIDS™ intellectual property has been specified in the ABSIC Consortium Agreement. Reference shall be made to the copyrights already owned by the consortium in any public presentation or promotional materials. In agreeing to this contract, you agree that the intellectual property housed within the tool belongs to Carnegie Mellon University, except where cited as belonging to individual case study authors or publishers.

The BIDS™ tool is for education, decisionmaking, and communication with clients. The BIDS tool is a fully documented framework for life cycle analysis of workplace attributes and a data base of international case studies. A customization of this tool for federal agencies, global companies, and sustainability has been an ongoing effort of the Center and ABSIC. Any 'derivatives' of the BIDS tool would be protected under Pennsylvania and national copyright as accepted in the ABSIC contract.

Ownership of productivity and other life cycle studies belongs to the initiator and authors of those studies, and these case study authors are fully cited in BIDS. The interpretations necessary to support building investment decision making may not be shared by the original authors, and the CBPD welcomes corrections and additional references from these authors. The CBPD and ABSIC welcome partnerships towards increasing the number and quality of international case studies that underlies the BIDS tool or for refining the economic baseline values to reflect specific countries or industries.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: The structure, organization and code of the Software are the valuable trade secrets and confidential information of Carnegie Mellon University and its research sponsors. The Software is protected by copyright, including without limitation by United States Copyright Law, international treaty provisions and applicable laws in the country in which it is being used. You agree not to modify, adapt or translate the Software. You also agree not to reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to create a competitive product based on the material contained herein.

By signing this contract, you specifically agree that the matrixed construct of BIDS™ is the intellectual property of Carnegie Mellon University, including: the identification of multiple life cycle indices into a NPV/EVA calculator; the identification of specific building component/design choices for which life cycle calculations are critically needed; the identification of specific case studies from international literature relevant to life cycle decision making; and a user modifiable parametric calculator. By signing this agreement, you hereby agree not to duplicate all or part of the intellectual property in this tool, and to give due credit to Carnegie Mellon University Center for Building Performance when using the tool in evaluations. You also agree not to independently market services as a BIDS based life cycle analyst without an explicit agreement with the authors at Carnegie Mellon University.

NO COPIES OR TRANSER: You may not, rent, lease, sublicense or authorize all or any portion of the Software to be copied onto another users computer.

NO WARRANTY: The Software is being delivered to you "AS IS" and Carnegie Mellon University makes no warranty as to its use or performance. You acknowledge that the Software is a pre-release version, does not represent final product from Carnegie Mellon, and may contain bugs, errors and other problems that could cause system or other failures and data loss. Consequently, the Pre-release Software is provided to you "AS-IS", and Carnegie Mellon disclaims any warranty or liability obligations to you of any kind.