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Greenbuild Recap: Implementing Performance-Based Design

Last week, Sefaira’s team attended Greenbuild in New Orleans. This…

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Greenbuild Recap: “Daylight Simulation at Four Architecture Firms”

Last week, Sefaira's team attended Greenbuild in New Orleans. This…

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Customer Case Study with FXFOWLE: Incorporating Performance Based Design into your Design Culture

Image: King Abdullah Financial District, Saudi Arabia by FXFOWLE FXFOWLE’s…

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New Improvements in the Web Application

Last week, we released improvements to the Sefaira Web Application that…

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Revit 2015 Support

Sefaira for Revit now includes support for Revit 2015! We're…

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Empowering Every Designer to Take On Performance

Sefaira is committed to enabling every designer to make design…

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Sefaira for Revit now includes Real Time Analysis

With Real Time Analysis, architects can make performance based design…

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Practice IS Perfect: Growing Your Firm’s Design Capabilities

SmithGroupJJR's success with performance-based design comes from a very basic,…

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Delivering a Low Carbon and Energy Masterplan

Lend Lease set out to explore the available options for…

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How to Optimise your Competition Design for High Performance

In this competition entry, Sheppard Robson were able to determine…

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BAM Design Case Study: Winning Bids with Sefaira Analysis

In this case study, we show you how BAM Design…

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Introducing real time daylight visualization in Revit

With real time daylight visualization which gives feedback in seconds, architects…

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Sheppard Robson Combines Aesthetics and Performance in Innovative Facade Design

Sheppard Robson’s design team set out to create a specific…

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The Business Value of High Performance Design

Much of the value of good design is difficult to…

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Sefaira for Revit now includes element-level control over imported geometry

We recently introduced the "Generate Sefaira Views" feature, which allows…

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Setting Up a Title 24 Baseline in Sefaira for SketchUp

With our latest release SketchUp users can now set up…

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Deeper integration between Sefaira SketchUp Plugin & Web Application

Sefaira for SketchUp now includes an “Upload to Sefaira” feature,…

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Define your own baselines in Sefaira for SketchUp

Sefaira for SketchUp already includes a number of popular baselines,…

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Cracking the ARCHITECT Top 50 Rankings

The entry process for ARCHITECT magazine’s 2014 Top 50 rankings…

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Sefaira Web App now has improved run management, support for larger models

Users of Sefaira Web Application can now start analysis runs…

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Six Metrics Every Architect Should Know (And How to Use Them)

Architects are increasingly looking to design buildings that have good…

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Visualize how Sefaira interprets your Revit Model

We have recently released a new feature to Sefaira for…

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Sefaira Customer Insights: Sustainability in the United Arab Emirates

Sean Quinn, Head of Sustainability at 10 DESIGN, sheds some light…

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Create & Manage Design Iterations inside SketchUp with Sefaira

With the ability to create & manage design iterations inside…

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Driving Firm Wide Adoption of Performance-Based Design

Leading organizational change is always challenging. The following eBook provides…

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Sefaira Customer Insights: Sustainability in Belgium

We hear from Rob van Helvoort, engineer and architect at…

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Beyond Energy Modeling: Using Performance to Inform Design

Traditional energy modeling is too slow and detailed to provide…

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Slideshare: PER/FORM Live Competition | Live Round

PER/FORM put the best and brightest architecture professionals and students…

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Championing the Master Builder: How Sefaira Supports Architects as Design Leaders

Today's comprehensive and enduring built solutions demand a design leader…

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A New Paradigm for Building Performance

The traditional energy modeling paradigm is fundamentally misaligned with the…

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Beyond Energy Modeling: Making Performance Fundamental to Design

The traditional energy modeling paradigm is fundamentally misaligned with the…

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Daylight and Energy: When 1+1=11

Many design decisions require a tradeoff between daylight and energy…

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eBook: Designing a High Performance Facade in 5 Steps

Ever wondered how to go about optimising your building envelope? We’ve…

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Winners of PER/FORM Live Design Competition Perform and Inspire

Can ambitious performance requirements and high design co-exist? Can performance…

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What does Performance-Based Design actually look like? See for yourself!

One could argue that the hundreds of design decisions architects…

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Designing an Optimised Building Envelope

The New York Times Office Building by Renzo Piano Workshop:…

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Visualizing Daylight Factor & Illuminance Levels

          Sefaira recently released two upgrades…

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Quick Study: Architecture at Zero Award Tetris Block

Duane B. Carter, Mike Stopka, Simon Mance, Scott Farbman, and…

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How Architects Win Work

How do architecture firms win work? A recent survey of…

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How to Implement Performance-Based Design in Your Firm

Steven Haines of Centerbrook Architects explains how Performance-Based Design became…

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Performance-Based Design: Why and How?

Rick Herzer of SLAM Collaborative walks through the process for…

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Informed Decision Making in Building Design

Don Posson of Smith Group JJR explains the decision making…

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Motivators of Performance-Based Design

Stormy Shanks of KJWW explains how advancing energy standards drive…

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The Architect’s Performance Dashboard

We’ve introduced a new dashboard for Sefaira for SketchUp that…

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Can Performance Analysis Drive BIM Adoption?

To take full advantage of the BIM paradigm, building models…

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Designing the Right Solar Shading for an Optimised Facade

Our last post in the High Performing Facades series analysed…

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How Architecture Firms Innovate: Three Practices Firm Leaders Can Use to Integrate New Technologies

In today’s fast-paced design environment, it can be extremely difficult…

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Sefaira Customer Insights: Sustainability in Bulgaria

We get an insight into the growing interest in high…

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Even When Intuition is Correct, Analysis is Better

Architects are accustomed to using rules of thumb in the…

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How Architecture Firms are Addressing Performance

During a recent webinar (How Performance Based Design is Changing…

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Quick Client Study: Architecture at Zero Award Catalyst SF

Our latest quick study features  another winning entry from the…

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Sefaira for Revit – More complex models & deeper integration

We launched Sefaira for Revit at Autodesk University 2013, empowering…

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Ecobuild Review 3: The Farrell Review of the Value of Architecture

The question of the importance of “the architect” has been…

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Ecobuild Review 2: Green Ratings vs. Measured Performance

Following yesterday’s post on Integrated Design Teams, Post 2 of…

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Ecobuild Review 1: The impact of integrated design teams on sustainable design

When visiting Ecobuild last week I was particularly keen to…

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Here is Your Ticket to PER/FORM

Do you often wish you had more time for your…

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Three Simple Steps to Better Performance

Sefaira for SketchUp was created to empower designers to make…

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The Balancing Act of Facade Design: Glazing Ratios

A design's brief and context sets up some essential limits…

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4 + 1 Great Design Strategies for Creating High-Performance Buildings

Design is important because it is powerful In a recent…

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Measuring Daylight: Dynamic Daylighting Metrics & What They Mean for Designers

Over the past decade, the architecture industry has experimented with…

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Quick Study: Architecture at Zero 2013 Client Award

Organised by the San Francisco chapter of the AIA, the…

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4240: Customer Case Study

4240 Architecture achieved 45% less energy use than ASHRAE 90.1-2007…

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Sefaira Customer Insights: Sustainability in Mexico

This week, we’re in Mexico in North America getting the…

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Integrating Performance Analysis into Your Design Process

Many architects are looking to incorporate performance analysis into their…

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Sefaira Customer Insights: Sustainability in Central America

In the first of our Sustainability Around the World series,…

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Sefaira for SketchUp now supports components

We have just released a new update for Sefaira for…

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Integration with Revit 2014 & More

We continue to add more value to our Revit users,…

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Quick Study: Solid Green

Solid Green was commissioned to put together energy regulation compliance…

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Four Ways Performance Analysis Pays for Itself

More architects are embracing performance analysis as a standard part…

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Watch Now: 2014 Trends That Will Drive Performance Based Design

First broadcast 22nd January 2014; click through to hear our…

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Trends that will Drive Performance Based Design in 2014

2014 promises significant changes in the architecture industry. As the…

Presentation DIagram: Shading Strategy Update

Presenting Analysis: The Impact of Shading Devices

Following our earlier post on how to present analysis, we…

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Energy as a Design Opportunity for Architects

The AIA recently released the Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan --…

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5 Reasons Why Building Design Is More Important Than Ever

People sometimes ask me whether building design still is important…

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US Energy Codes Could Surpass LEED

There is a quiet revolution underway in the US: energy…

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Presenting Your Energy Analysis

One of the unique skills architects possess is the ability…

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How California’s Net Zero Energy Mandate Will Shift the US Construction Industry

California’s recent revisions to Title 24 put in place ambitious…

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The Myth of the Green Premium

Conventional wisdom holds that high-performance buildings cost more than their…

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How to Interpret Your Energy Analysis

This article shows you how to "read" building analysis outputs…

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Predictive Modeling at the Design Stage: TM54 and Sefaira

TM54 is a new Technical Memorandum from CIBSE (the Chartered…

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Adapting to Part L Regulation Changes

Discover how to efficiently respond to the UK’s building regulation…

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Any location worldwide – now supported in Sefaira for SketchUp

We have rolled out a major change to Sefaira for…

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3 Ways for Architects to Win More Bids

Today’s competitive bidding process reflects the challenging economic climate --…

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Energy flows 2.0 – An improved approach to understanding building performance

After conducting multiple usability tests, we have recently launched a…

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Five myths about performance based design

An integral part of performance based design is energy modeling.…

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Achieving the LEED v4 Integrative Process Credit

The new Integrative Process credit in LEED v4 asks design…

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Why performance based design is the future of architecture

Engineers have conducted performance analysis of buildings for decades. MEP…

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Webinar on 11-Dec: Sefaira for Revit

Sign up here for our latest webinar on 11-Dec at 10am…

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Key Questions to Ask (and Answer) with Sefaira for Revit

Sefaira for Revit brings Sefaira’s fast, intuitive performance analysis to…

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Introducing Sefaira integration with Autodesk Revit

We are excited to announce the launch of Sefaira for…

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Introducing ASHRAE 90.1 and Part L Baselines & More (in Sefaira for SketchUp)

Today, we released an update to Sefaira for SketchUp -…

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Introducing “Good Gains, Bad Gains” (in Sefaira for SketchUp)

Today, we released an update to the Sefaira for SketchUp…

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Doing a Retrofit? Plan Ahead for 2020 Carbon Goals

“If we are to hit our national carbon reduction target…

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Why LEED v4 Will Drive Early-Stage Analysis

Greenbuild is buzzing about the official announcement of LEED v4.…

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Improvements to Sefaira for SketchUp

We launched the new Sefaira for SketchUp plugin with real…

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Improvements to Sefaira for SketchUp

We launched the new Sefaira for SketchUp plugin with real…

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Achieving the 2030 Challenge: It’s More than Target EUI

The 2030 Challenge establishes important targets for building performance --…

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Typical Values Guide

This guide, provided in both Metric and US units, will…

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Part L 2014: How to Adapt to Regulation Changes

In this two-part series of articles, we’ll investigate how architects…

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Sefaira Update – Introducing Sefaira for SketchUp

We are pleased to announce Sefaira for SketchUp -- a…

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Sefaira for SketchUp: Three Steps to Better Performance

Sefaira for SketchUp provides instant feedback on energy use while…

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7 Must-Ask Questions for Performance Based Design

Discover how to leverage energy analysis to drive performance and…

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The Miller Hull Partnership: Customer Case Study

Using Sefaira, Miller Hull in partnership with Habitat for Humanity…

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The Facility: Customer Case Study

London based practice, The Facility, used Sefaira on a retrofit…

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Slaterpaull: Case Study

Download this case study and understand how Slaterpaull: 1. Used…

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Lord, Aeck & Sargent: Customer Case Study

This case study profiles Lord, Aeck & Sargent, a full-service,…

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Booth Hansen: Customer Case Study

This case study walks through two of Booth Hansen’s current…

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AWW Case Study

In this case study, award winning consultancy, AWW, uses Sefaira…

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Bridges Ventures: Customer Case Study

Specialist fund managers, Bridges Ventures, used Sefaira in the conversion…

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Sefaira Update – IE10 Support

As part of our agile development philosophy, we release product…

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Performance Based Design: Executing the Vision

The third design brief in our series on High Performance…

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Recorded Webinar: Performance Based Design: The Key to Sustainability

A recorded version of our webinar first broadcast as part…

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Performance Based Design: Creating High-Performing Concepts

This is the second Sustainable Design Brief in a three-part…

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Performance Based Design: Making the Most of Pre-Design

This white paper proposes a necessary shift in design approach…

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Sefaira Concept Release – Weather Improvements

Our latest release includes several improvements. Improved management of weather…

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Sefaira Concept Release – EnergyPlus Update

Our latest release improves the speed of Thermal Comfort analysis…

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Recorded Webinar: 4 Architectural Rules of Thumb that Could Lead You Astray

View this Webinar and Case Study now, presented by Carl…

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Sefaira Concept Release – SketchUp 2013

Sefaira Concept now fully supports SketchUp 2013. You can now…

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New Product Release

We updated Sefaira Concept last night. The latest release improves…

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Sefaira Concept Release – SketchUp Plugin Update

We are excited to announce an update to the SketchUp…

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Sefaira Concept Release – Thermal Comfort Upgrade

We’re happy to announce an upgrade to Thermal Comfort analysis:…

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4 Rules of Thumb That Could Lead You Astray

This white paper investigates four rules of thumb commonly used…

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Infographic: 5 Ways An Architect Can Drive Sustainability

Architects have real power to drive sustainability through their designs.…

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Sefaira Concept v2.4 Release

It is our pleasure to announce a major new feature…

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Top 5 Ways an Architect can Drive Sustainability

This whitepaper will help you discover five crucial ways you…

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Bill Gething: Sustainability as a Target

Bill Gething brings 30 years of industry experience in the…

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We are pleased to announce the release of Sefaira Concept…

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How Will Architects Influence the Future of Sustainability?

Webinar featuring speakers from AWW Architects, Foster & Partners, ORMS,…

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Infographic: Cloud Computing and the Construction Industry

2013 has been called the Year of the Cloud, but…

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Sefaira Concept v2.2 Release

We are pleased to announce the release of Sefaira Concept…

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Sefaira Concept v2.1 Release

We are pleased to announce the release of Sefaira Concept…

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Sefaira Concept v2.0.3 Release

We are pleased to announce the release of Sefaira Concept…

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Sefaira Concept v2.0.2 Release

We are pleased to announce the general release of Sefaira…

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We are pleased to announce the general release of Sefaira…

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Intro to Sefaira Concept Webinar Recording

Sefaira Concept, now generally available, enables architects and project teams…

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Sefaira Concept GA Release v2.0

We are delighted to announce the release of Sefaira Concept…

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Sefaira Concept v1.4.3 Release

We are pleased to announce the release of Sefaira Concept…

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Sefaira Concept v1.4.2 Release

We are pleased to announce the release of Sefaira Concept…

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Sefaira Concept v1.4.1 Release

We are pleased to announce the release of Sefaira Concept…

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Sefaira Concept v1.4.0 Release

100X faster engine We are thrilled to announce the release…

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Sefaira Concept v1.3.3 Release

We are pleased to announce the release of Sefaira Concept…

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Sefaira Concept v1.3.2 Release

We are pleased to announce the release of Sefaira Concept…

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Sefaira Concept v.1.3.1 Release

We are delighted to announce the release of Sefaira Concept…

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Sefaira Concept v1.3.0 Release

Sefaira Concept v1.3.0 Just Released After several months’ of intense…

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Sefaira Concept v1.2.1 Release

New version of of Sefaira Concept Just Released! I am…

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Sefaira Concept v1.2.0 Release

We have just released Sefaira Concept v1.2.0, bringing with it…

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Sefaira Concept v1.1.3 Release

Earlier today, we upgraded Sefaira Concept to v1.1.3, with several…

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Sefaira Concept v1.1.2 Release

We have just released a new Beta version of Sefaira…