Welcome to this month’s product update from Sefaira. Over the last month, we’ve made some important improvements to our products. Read on to learn more.
New Shading Feature
A new input tab dedicated to Shading Controls improves the former parametric shading feature in Sefaira Systems.
The new interface includes both a visualization to describe how the shading has been applied and a range of preset options to make it easy to apply a shading strategy to your project.
Response Curve Improvements
Response curves are one of our most popular features, as they enable users to quickly assess multiple data points, thus uncovering trends associated with a design metric.
We now include energy outputs in the response curves for Sefaira Systems, which is something many users have asked to include. This means you could test shading depth against highest zone cooling load and energy use at the same time.
We’ve also fixed a handful of bugs in the Response Curve feature relating to some inputs which prevented results from coming back. If you’ve not tried it, check it out – it’s really useful. You can access response curves by clicking the graph icon on many of the input variables.
In addition to delivering these updates, we’ve been busy making Sefaira Systems easier to use and improving the results it provides:
- We’ve improved the naming of many variables and the layout of the HVAC system options to make it clearer what inputs users are changing.
- We’ve improved the way we calculate pumping energy for ground loop systems compared with cooling towers.
- We’ve made improvements to the HVAC on/off schedule if you have different schedules in different zones.
Improved Daylight Visualization
We’ve improved the speed and visual quality of the context geometry in the daylight visualizations. The speed improvements will be particularly noticeable when viewing context geometry for models with high plane counts. While we were at it, we also fixed a couple of UI bugs:
- Fixed a bug with the Direct Sunlight calendar menu
- Fixed a bug that was preventing room-by-room analysis
- Fixed an issue with the floorplate list for models with many floors
Automated ASHARE Climate Zone Selection
A project’s ASHRAE Climate Zone is now automatically selected based upon the project location — meaning there’s now one fewer inputs required to get good results. The Climate Zone is used in combination with the Building Type to set default values for the building envelope, internal conditions, and HVAC systems.
Revit Model Guidance Popup
We’ve added a popup that appears after Generate Views completes to help users avoid common modeling issues. Let us know what you think about it here.
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