SEFAIRA ARCHITECTURE

Collaborative software for high-performance design.

Creating high-performing buildings requires that the project team is able to quickly
explore design options and understand their impact on building performance.
Sefaira Architecture enables design teams to collaboratively and rapidly analyze passive
and active strategies to optimize their building’s performance.

FAST

From an architectural design model to key energy and daylight outputs in just a few minutes

COLLABORATIVE

Work as a team on shared projects with both Architects and Engineers - inside or outside your organization

CREDIBLE

Based on the industry-standard EnergyPlus™, Radiance and DAYSIM analysis engines.

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What is Sefaira Architecture?

Sefaira Architecture is a collaborative, cloud-based software that combines an engaging, easy-to-learn interface with validated industry-standard analysis engines. It equips firms who care about building performance to:

  • Produce high-performing design concepts from the early design stages;
  • Collaborate across disciplines and across firms;
  • Educate and empower their teams to adopt Performance-Based Design; and
  • Communicate their success with Performance-Based Design across the firm and to the market.

Why use Sefaira Architecture?

Sefaira Architecture is fast enough to support the pace of early- stage design and to inform design decisions. Other analysis-led approaches can’t keep up with the fluid process of early-stage design.

Sefaira Architecture is easy to learn and easy to use. Alternative specialist tools often require significant training and experience for a user to be effective.

Sefaira Architecture is credible enough to deliver meaningful insights. Alternative approaches that are fast enough, like rules of thumb, often lack credibility and aren’t sensitive to design changes.

Sefaira Architecture makes collaboration easier and more impactful. Alternative approaches to early-stage perfomance analysis inhibit rather than help collaboration between the architect and engineer.

Sefaira Architecture supports effective communication of projects’ performance by coupling an appealing, highly-visual interface with lots of downloadable visuals such as charts and graphs. Other approaches to early-stage performance analysis usually lack quality visual output.

Sefaira Architecture Web Application

Explore and compare design options

Upload native SketchUp or Revit geometry directly to the Sefaira Architecture Web Application. Rely on Sefaira’s smart defaults to get started, then use parametric analysis to further refine your design’s performance. Explore how building orientation, solar shading, materiality, and natural ventilation impact your design’s thermal comfort and energy use.

Collaborate across the project team

Sefaira’s analysis platform, based on the EnergyPlus™ engine, supports powerful collaboration across disciplines. Use the same HVAC systems and assumptions as the project’s mechanical engineer, and actively share Sefaira projects to establish consensus based on defensible analysis and conclusions.

Lead the performance conversation

Interactive data visualizations help you communicate with project collaborators and clients alike. Download Sefaira’s visual assets to support your design narrative and showcase your firm’s unique performance-based design approach.

HOW SEFAIRA IS DIFFERENT

A New Approach to Performance Analysis

How Other Tools Work

Validation analysis.

Validation analysis.

Traditional analysis tools are designed to validate a design that is essentially complete. If a design is not meeting goals, it’s often too late to make major change.
Tells you where you are.

Tells you where you are.

Many analysis tools provide a snapshot of performance, but don’t help you explore options or plot the way forward.
Slow, linear analysis.

Slow, linear analysis.

Designed to do one analysis at a time, and limited to the computational power of your computer. Comparisons are often difficult and time consuming to create.
Disconnected metrics.

Disconnected metrics.

Most tools do one thing: energy, carbon, thermal comfort or renewables; or they have discrete modules with independent inputs and outputs.
Disconnected from design.

Disconnected from design.

Other tools require that you stop design, provide additional inputs, and perform analysis in a separate environment.
Requires extensive inputs.

Requires extensive inputs.

Most tools require dozens (or even hundreds) of inputs before you see results — inputs that aren’t available in the early stages of design.
For a single user.

For a single user.

Traditional desktop software makes it difficult to collaborate on analysis, particularly with dispersed teams.
Built for specialists.

Built for performance experts.

Traditional tools are complex and arcane, requiring special expertise to get valid results.

How Sefaira Works

Design Feedback.

Design Feedback.

Sefaira is designed to provide relevant feedback from the earliest stages of design, while a design is still evolving.
Helps you get where you want to be.

Helps you get where you want to be.

Frequent, iterative analysis helps you set your design on track early in the process.
Fast, parallel analysis.

Fast, parallel analysis.

Sefaira is built for comparison and parametric analysis. Cloud computing enables multiple parallel runs letting you explore options quickly and focus in on the best solutions.
All-in-one, integrated analysis.

All-in-one, integrated analysis.

Sefaira performs analysis of energy, carbon, thermal comfort, and renewables with a single click.
Integrated with your design tool.

Integrated with your design tool.

Sefaira provides Real-Time Energy and Daylighting Analysis within Trimble SketchUp and Autodesk Revit, and allows direct uploads to the web for detailed analysis.
Flexible, scalable inputs.

Flexible, scalable inputs.

Sefaira lets you get started with only 3 inputs: a model, a location, and a space use. Add more detail to your design as it becomes available.
Collaborative.

Collaborative.

Sefaira is a cloud-based application, accessible from anywhere. You can easily share projects with other users, making collaboration simple.
Built for everyone.

Built for everyone.

Sefaira is built for designers. Its clear, intuitive interface makes it usable for the non-expert.

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