Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Software plugin virtually removes time and cost factors of Australian daylight compliance

SYDNEY – [10 SEPTEMBER 2015] – Sefaira, the leader in software for high-performance building design, today announced the end of days of manual SEPP 65 direct sunlight calculations with the launch of Direct Sunlight Analysis, an automated solution for Australia’s SEPP 65 direct sunlight requirements. This new feature is immediately available via Sefaira’s cloud platform to eligible customers and delivers SEPP 65 compliance reports in just minutes.

According to Sefaira, the new analysis capability in the Sefaira plugin means architects can easily produce SEPP 65 compliance reports in minutes from Trimble SketchUp or Autodesk Revit software programs at any time in the design process.

“We’re making code compliance effortless so architects can focus on creating beautiful, high-performing buildings without getting caught up in spreadsheets and potentially repetitious, costly calculations,” said Josh Kates, Director, Asia Pacific at Sefaira.

Today, more than 500 leading architecture and engineering firms use Sefaira’s daylighting and real-time energy analysis software to design high-performing buildings with better energy and daylighting performance, better occupant comfort, lower construction cost, and lower operating costs.

Matthew Blair, Principal at BVN, one of Australia’s largest architectural practices, says that clients want to know early on if a particular project will meet SEPP 65 requirements.

“Being able to rapidly visualise and accurately quantify the actual solar access to living, working and public spaces during the design process is a very powerful tool to help improve the amenity and liveability of our cities,” he explained. “By using Sefaira, we can speed up the design/test/design process - we can understand solar access from the very start of design and rapidly iterate to create fabulous apartments and fantastic places for people.”

SEPP 65, an environmental planning policy addressing apartment design in Australia, requires good daylight in residential living spaces (measured as a minimum number of hours of direct sunlight). With Sefaira’s new capability, architects can now generate a full compliance report on SEPP 65 sunlight requirements within their Trimble SketchUp or Autodesk  Revit design environments.

“The ease and speed of the Sefaira SEPP 65 reports allows architects to integrate daylight analytics throughout the design workflow, property owners and developers to check designs before council submission and local planning authorities to double check compliance without adding time delays,” stated Kates. 

Sefaira opened its Sydney office in 2014 and in the same year launched daylighting analysis. Enhanced daylighting visualisation followed in early 2015. Analysis capabilities include annual daylighting, daylight factor, and time-of-day simulations. Using this powerful suite of tools, architects are able to intentionally design and communicate the quality of light in their buildings.


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. Today, over 500 firms use Sefaira globally, 40 of which are Australian including BVN, Cox, Woods Bagot, Group GSA, GHD and Lend Lease.

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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