The Sefaira Real-Time Plugin helps you understand the performance impact of your design actions.
Sometimes a design action involves a single step, like changing the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of your building's glazing. Sometimes a design action involves multiple steps, like adding shading devices to your building's facade.
We have eliminated automatic analysis from the Plugin in order to best support the wide range of design actions you take.
What does this mean? Well, let's take the facade shading example: You will likely build a number of shading devices before you're ready to initiate an analysis run and assess your design's performance. Sefaira won't kick off a lot of unnecessary analysis runs while you build. Instead, when you're ready, just hit the Update button and Sefaira will spring into action.
Eliminating automatic analysis also paves the way for an additional feature: Analysis Mode Selection.
Today, when you initiate analysis, Energy and Daylighting runs are conducted. Sometimes that's exactly what you need; sometimes, though, you may only need Daylighting or Energy results.
Soon, you will be able to choose your analysis mode: Energy, Daylighting, or Both.
The added benefit of these updates, beyond delivering enhanced functionality, is more reliable and robust product performance. So it's a win-win-win overall--not a bad way to close out 2016!
Daylight Response Efficiency
Daylight Response Efficiency relies on outputs from Fulcrum, our proprietary energy analysis engine.
Removal of the Daylight Response Efficiency input is necessary as we complete our transition to EnergyPlus.
We still absolutely believe that assessing the energy impact of good daylighting is important. Our next challenge is incorporating this workflow into our new EnergyPlus-based world. We are actively looking at how best to do that.