Welcome to the Sefaira monthly product update. Last month, we made some important improvements to our products. Read on to learn more.

Sefaira Architecture

Save Settings Associated With A Model

RTA settings are now linked to your SketchUp and Revit file. This way, when you return to a file you won’t need to update your Sefaira setup. For example, let’s say I’m assessing a project’s performance in SketchUp. I change some properties in the Sefaira Plugin,  I save my SketchUp file, and close out of SketchUp. The next time I open that file and begin work with Sefaira, the properties I set in the previous session will remain. This helps save time, and supports collaboration among your project team.

Improvements to Sefaira Daylighting in Revit

We refined our daylighting analysis algorithm to produce smoother interpolations between sensor points. This results in fewer artifacts and higher precision in the resulting daylighting visualizations.

Sefaira Systems

Run On-Demand

Some customers have told us that Sefaira’s automatic run workflow in the web-browser is confusing.

We’ve addressed this by creating a “Simulate when I click the Run Button” mode for users. This is available in the user settings. In this mode a run button will appear once changes have been made instead of having a run automatically commence. Check it out!

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“Upload to Existing Project” bug fix

We have fixed a bug relating to the “Upload to Existing” option when uploading a building form from SketchUp or Revit.

Previously forms added to an existing project used old default values for material properties rather than the values entered by the user in the plugin.

Now the material property values from the plugin are read and applied to a model uploaded to an existing project (this already happened for models uploaded to a new project).

Drag and Drop Iterations and Clones

We heard that a lot of users wanted to be able to re-arrange the order of their iterations (also known as clones) either to tell a better story or to see values close together.

You can now do this simply by dragging and dropping clones in the results grid to reorder them.

Zone Diagram Zooming

We had feedback that users wanted to be able to better identify the zones in their model and that for some buildings the zoning diagram was not clear enough.

This improvement adds zooming and panning to all zone diagrams to make it easier for you to identify smaller zones within a model or zones within a very large floor plate.

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Other Improvements

We’ve added a bunch of other smaller improvements as well:

  • You can now turn off heating in the VAV air handling unit and you can now switch to electric heating if you have a VAV with Central Plant system selected.
  • There is a new infiltration option – Crack Infiltration. This determines the design infiltration flow based on the perimeter length of glazing drawn in the model (rather than being based on air changes or the facade area).
  • We fixed a reporting error in the energy pie chart. Previously Heating cost from the AHU was not being reported in the “Cost” view of the energy pie for VAV systems. This has been fixed.

Greenbuild 2016

Sefaira will be making an exciting announcement at Greenbuild 2016 in LA. Come join us at Booth 643 October 5-6 to see the new feature in action.

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