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Expands Market Leading Platform for High-Performance Building Design With Customizable Daylighting Graphics

ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwired) -- May 14, 2015 -- AIA CONVENTION 2015 BOOTH #2874 -- Sefaira, the leader in software for high-performance building design, today announced that it now offers customizable daylighting graphics and enhanced daylighting analysis including design guidance. These new tools deliver real-time daylighting analysis and visualization directly within the Trimble® SketchUp® and Autodesk® Revit® Architecture design environments.

Sefaira recognizes that daylighting analysis is especially powerful when it combines valuable design insights with high-quality graphical outputs that enable better communication with clients. Sefaira's new daylighting assets include:

  • Sefaira Customizable Daylighting Graphics: Exportable graphics for both annual and point-in-time analysis, allowing designers to add powerful visuals to client presentations that can communicate a design's performance and help explain the experience within a space at certain points in time. Designers can customize reports to grid, contour and gradient views, depending on their needs.

  • Sefaira Enhanced Daylighting Analysis: Guidance, such as a clear visualization of under- and overlit spaces, allows designers to make better decisions around glazing, shading and façade design, without requiring knowledge of building physics. The integration of daylighting visualization with Sefaira's plugins allows designers to directly understand the implications of their decisions on a building's energy usage.

Sefaira is Working Closely with Designers to Create Design Tools that Add Highest Value

Sefaira is known for its speed of development and strong customer focus. The new daylighting features were developed based on detailed interviews with industry practitioners during the first quarter of this year.

According to one of the interviewees, Jim Henderson from Moseley Architects: "Daylighting is becoming huge. Right now we are only able to evaluate it during later stages of the design process. When we can evaluate the performance of a building earlier in the process using Sefaira, it will help us achieve LEED later down the road. Graphical outputs are important for this: for example, it is helpful that Sefaira can give us a plan view with boundary lines early in the process so that we can understand and correct the areas that are not meeting the LEED requirements."

Sefaira's CEO, Mads Jensen, said: "Sefaira's mission is to empower every designer to create inspiring, high-performing buildings. To achieve this, designers need to be able to make good design decisions and also explain and defend them. Our new daylighting features address these demands, and further accelerate our work towards helping designers make great design decisions and to communicate these decisions to their clients. They are a product of our close collaboration with leading design firms: this is what enables us to innovate at this rate."


Sefaira's new daylighting graphics and analysis will be immediately available to Sefaira customers. The Sefaira team will demo the new tools in booth #2874 at the AIA Convention.

About Sefaira

Founded in 2009, Sefaira is the leader in software for high-performance building design. Using Sefaira, architects and other building designers now have the real-time analysis capabilities that enable them to practice performance-based design. This enables designers to create buildings that have the very best performance characteristics in terms of energy use, daylighting quality, carbon emissions, thermal comfort, construction and operating costs.

Sefaira is a Bronze Winner at the 2015 Edison Awards, Winner of the 2014 Architizer A+ Product + Apps Jury Award, the 2013 Sustainability Leaders Innovation Award and the 2013 ENDS Green Economy - Green Data Award. It has been named in the 2014 and 2013 Global Cleantech 100, the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 Global and the 2012 Going Green Global Top 200 private companies. The company also won Gold at the 2013 Ecosummit Award in Berlin as well as the "Green Building Innovation of the Year" award at London's Ecobuild in 2011. Sefaira has offices in London, New York and Sydney.

SketchUp is a registered trademark of Trimble Navigation Inc. Revit is a registered trademark of Autodesk Inc. Sefaira is a registered trademark of Sefaira Ltd. All rights reserved.

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