Sefaira Plug-In Integrates Energy Analysis Directly into SketchUp
Sefaira introduces new software that models a building’s energy use while architects are still drafting initial designs.
Sefaira recently unveiled its new plug-in for SketchUp that provides real-time energy analysis for the conceptual stage of building design; Sefaira claims the tool will allow architects to make early performance-enhancing decisions about form, orientation, and façade design without requiring expertise in energy modeling.
After the user selects a location, the extension software uses corresponding weather data to deliver immediate analysis of a design’s energy use—broken down by heating, cooling, lighting, and plug loads—and graphically shows the heat gains and losses of the building. By highlighting the elements of design that are most responsible for poor performance, the program guides architects toward making targeted adjustments from the outset of the design phase, when their impact on building performance can be greatest (See “”).
The plug-in operates directly within SketchUp so that architects don’t have to interrupt their design process to perform scenario comparisons, claims the company, but it utilizes Sefaira’s cloud-based engine for real-time analysis. Customers pay a subscription fee to use the tool.
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Published December 2, 2013