Sefaira Now Provides Feedback on Energy and Daylighting Trade-Offs in Autodesk Revit
Sefaira, the leader in software for high-performance building design, today announced that it now delivers real-time energy analysis and daylighting analysis within Autodesk® Revit. With the Sefaira for Revit plugin, architects can now assess tradeoffs between energy and daylighting performance and make performance-based design decisions directly within their design environment, without having to use consultants or specialist modelling tools. Sefaira’s rapid feedback on energy and daylighting performance matches the workflow and fast pace of the architectural design process.
As architects change Revit models to explore decisions like “What is the right amount of glazing on the South facade?” or “What effect does floor-to-floor height have on energy and daylighting?” Sefaira uses powerful cloud computing to provide performance information in seconds. Given the frequent tradeoff between good daylight and energy use, Sefaira’s Real Time Analysis includes feedback on both of these key factors to help designers drive towards high-performance design. Sefaira for Revit also provides benchmarks for energy targets such as the 2030 Challenge targets and reductions from Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) to help designers keep these targets in view and make sure projects are on track.
New Capabilities Align with Customers’ Strategic Priorities
Sefaira’s customers see clear benefits in having real-time energy analysis in Revit. Andre Carvalho, BIM Manager at Diamond Schmitt Architects said, “Being able to try different building performance scenarios at early stages in Revit allows us to pin down the orientation and envelope of the building very early in the design process and avoid the costly and time consuming model changes that would have happened otherwise.”
Sefaira for Revit extends the BIM paradigm
BIM continues to gain traction. Sefaira for Revit extends the BIM paradigm using cloud analysis, a big step toward the “One-model” vision that many firms are working towards. Sefaira CEO Mads Jensen said, “Design teams increasingly use design tools like Revit for both early conceptual design as well as detailed design and documentation, with the goal of eliminating the need to rebuild a new model halfway through the design process. Throughout these project phases, design decisions made in Revit impact performance outcomes such as daylighting, occupant comfort, and energy consumption. Sefaira’s Real Time Analysis in Revit now allows designers to seamlessly integrate these building performance decisions into their collaborative design process by utilizing the intelligence of the Revit model to provide additional information about building performance.”