Today, Sefaira, an energy analysis service for digital building models, launched support for Autodesk Revit. Following the release of their real time analysis plugin for SketchUp in November, Sefaira is intensifying its efforts to integrate energy analysis and performance visualization into the digital design workflow. These new products provide “early and frequent analysis, so analysis can shape design,” says CEO Mads Jensen.
The SketchUp plugin is a fast, lightweight complement to Sefaira’s more robust web-based analysis service, which was introduced in 2012. The Sefaira for SketchUp plugin utilizes the same computational power as the Sefaira web application, to provide real-time feedback as changes are made to a three-dimensional model. Designers can quickly test massing, fenestration, shading, and orientation strategies early in the design stage by altering the model in SketchUp, and comparing results. Sefaira’s software relies on data describing the building’s location, program, and the digital model itself to derive performance predictions. Quick feedback is favored over depth of analysis and results mainly focus on heat transfer through the building envelope.