Three Strategies for Incorporating Sustainability into Your Design Culture

By Niraj Poudel

As an architect or building designer who is interested in designing sustainable buildings, you’ve probably faced challenges in incorporating more…

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Avoiding “Garbage In, Garbage Out”: A QA Guide for Architects

How can architects ensure that their building performance analysis results are accurate? As designers increasingly take on early-stage analysis, the…

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Designing for WELLness with Performance-Based Design

By Niraj Poudel

Many of us have probably taken notice of, if not joined in, on the rising popularity of personal wellness in…

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How to Collaborate When the Design is Still in Flux

Does this sound familiar? An architect wants feedback on design options during schematic design. She wants to avoid making a…

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A Workflow for Early-Stage Architect-Engineer Collaboration

How can your design team collaborate early and efficiently without duplicating work or holding up the design? This post outlines an early-stage workflow for design teams and a clear division of responsibilities relevant for most practices.

Read on: http://sefaira.com/resources/a-workflow-for-early-stage-architect-engineer-collaboration/

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GROUPGSA Case Study: Residential Competition Design

Final rendering of the proposed development

GroupGSA used Sefaira as a design tool to test, iterate on and develop their concept for a competition entry. The brief required the redevelopment of an existing ten-storey residential building and the design of two additional six-storey blocks in Sydney, Australia. The proposal needed to comply with ambitious code requirements, particularly the State Environmental Planning Policy 65 (SEPP65). Within the three week timeline, GroupGSA wanted to submit a successful proposal and also illustrate that the building would achieve the daylight performance required by SEPP65. Read more

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Hewitt Case Study: Making Informed Design Decisions with Sefaira

Hewitt used Sefaira to analyse the energy performance of three residential tower concepts for a project in Seattle with ambitious LEED certification goals. They were able to justify their design and its performance, adding useful floor area to each of the 180 residential units and consequently yielding marketable benefits for their client.

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LemayLAB, Sefaira and Ecosystem Collaborate on Winning Competition Entry, “Farm Follows Fiction.”

The “Farm Follows Fiction” proposal aims to re-clad and represent the MetLife building as a gem at the heart of New York City. It offers a striking, high-performing facade that reduces energy use, and contributes to the team’s net zero carbon footprint goal. The bold graphic-novel style of the proposal playfully narrates how the MetLife building is transformed into a collective resource for the Midtown community, becoming the world’s tallest farm.

The collaborative design effort was led by LemayLAB, with Sefaira and Ecosystems providing performance and sustainability expertise.

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Achieving a High Performing Design for Honduras’ Tallest Residential Tower

For Honduras’ tallest residential tower, PEAR Constructor applied Sefaira analysis in the design development phase. This set the project on…

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2030Studio: Optimizing Daylight in a New Build Residence in Brazil

Rendering by 2030Studio showing front elevation

2030Studio were commissioned to design a family home in the coastal city of Balneário Camboriú, in Santa Catarina, Brazil. The…

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