Sefaira to provide project-specific design guidance by connecting real-time analysis with the 2030 Palette’s library of high-performance design strategies.

LOS ANGELES, CA, GREENBUILD BOOTH #643 October 5, 2016 To further the accessibility of Performance-Based Design, Sefaira, a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company, and Architecture 2030 today announced Design Guidance, a new functionality in Sefaira Architecture. Design Guidance uses real-time analysis results in Sefaira Architecture to deliver customized guidance on how to improve a building’s performance, and points the designer to relevant passive design strategies collated in Architecture 2030’s 2030 Palette. Design Guidance will be showcased at Greenbuild 2016, taking place in Los Angeles October 5-7.

Tackling Climate Change

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, buildings are one of the major sources of the global demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG). Architecture 2030 created the 2030 Challenge, which charts a path toward new carbon-neutral buildings and major renovations of buildings by 2030. Today, the 2030 Challenge has been adopted and is being implemented by 70 percent of the top 20 architecture/engineering/planning firms in the U.S. In addition, the AIA, ASHRAE, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the federal government, many state and local governments, and numerous other organizations have adopted the 2030 Challenge targets.

The 2030 Palette is Architecture 2030’s innovative online resource for the design of low-carbon and adaptable built environments worldwide. This free tool informs the design and planning process at the point of inspiration, presenting the best information and practices through powerful visuals and straightforward language.

“Design tools that enable architects and engineers to make informed decisions on energy use during the critical early phases of design are key to meeting the 2030 Challenge targets. Sefaira Architecture already integrates the 2030 Challenge benchmarks directly into its real-time energy analysis,” said Ed Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, “but information to support the analysis tools is just as important. The integration of the 2030 Palette into Sefaira’s Design Guidance feature connects designers with the most appropriate passive design strategies, based on the energy-use profile of a given design.”

Connecting Insight with Action  

Since 2012, the Sefaira software for high-performance building design has enabled architects to quickly analyze building performance at the earliest stages of design. “We’re taking our support for Performance-Based Design a step further by providing users with project-specific design guidance,” said Sefaira’s Product Manager Kerger Truesdell. “Let’s say the biggest driver of energy use in your building is cooling, followed by lighting. Design Guidance will surface relevant links to the 2030 Palette identifying passive strategies to reduce cooling load and strategies to reduce lighting loads.”

Following the relevant links provided, users can explore the 2030 Palette’s online library of strategies, called Swatches, and decide which ones they want to test in their concept. The Swatches give users sound passive design principles supported by built precedents and questions to guide the refinement of their design. Not only does Design Guidance enable a project to achieve stronger performance, but it also increases designers’ understanding and mastery of Performance-Based Design solutions.

“Design Guidance should be a great resource for anyone designing high-performance buildings, from students to seasoned professionals alike,” said Moseley Architects’ Energy Analytics Specialist John Nichols. “This is especially valuable for specialists within a firm, as part of our job is to increase the firm’s collective building performance knowledge.  Combining Sefaira’s real-time analysis with Architecture 2030’s detailed explanations and project examples merges the best parts of each resource and has the potential to be very useful to the design community.”


Sefaira’s Design Guidance functionality is now available within Sefaira Architecture and will be previewed at booth 643 at Greenbuild in Los Angeles this week.