Sefaira and Architecture 2030 Collaborate to Enhance Real-Time Design Analysis

 Sefaira to provide project-specific design guidance by connecting real-time analysis with the 2030 Palette’s library of high-performance design strategies.


LOS ANGELES, CA, GREENBUILD BOOTH #643 – October 6, 2016 – To further the accessibility of Performance-Based Design, Sefaira, a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company, and Architecture 2030 today announced Design Guidance, a new functionality in Sefaira Architecture. Design Guidance uses real-time analysis results in Sefaira Architecture to deliver customized guidance on how to improve a building’s performance, and points the designer to relevant passive design strategies collated in Architecture 2030’s 2030 Palette. Design Guidance will be showcased at Greenbuild 2016, taking place in Los Angeles October 5-7.

Tackling Climate Change 
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, buildings are one of the major sources of the global demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG). Architecture 2030 created the 2030 Challenge, which charts a path toward new carbon-neutral buildings and major renovations of buildings by 2030. Today, the 2030 Challenge has been adopted and is being implemented by 70 percent of the top 20 architecture/engineering/planning firms in the U.S. In addition, the AIA, ASHRAE, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the federal government, many state and local governments, and numerous other organizations have adopted the 2030 Challenge targets.

The  2030 Palette is Architecture 2030’s innovative online resource for the design of low-carbon and adaptable built environments worldwide. This free tool informs the design and planning process at the point of inspiration, presenting the best information and practices through powerful visuals and straightforward language.

“Design tools that enable architects and engineers to make informed decisions on energy use during the critical early phases of design are key to meeting the 2030 Challenge targets. Sefaira Architecture already integrates the 2030 Challenge benchmarks directly into its real-time energy analysis,” said Ed Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, “but information to support the analysis tools is just as important. The integration of the 2030 Palette into Sefaira’s Design Guidance feature connects designers with the most appropriate passive design strategies, based on the energy-use profile of a given design.”

Connecting Insight with Action  
Since 2012, the Sefaira software for high-performance building design has enabled architects to quickly analyze building performance at the earliest stages of design. “We’re taking our support for Performance-Based Design a step further by providing users with project-specific design guidance,” said Sefaira’s Product Manager Kerger Truesdell. “Let’s say the biggest driver of energy use in your building is cooling, followed by lighting. Design Guidance will surface relevant links to the 2030 Palette identifying passive strategies to reduce cooling load and strategies to reduce lighting loads.”

Following the relevant links provided, users can explore the 2030 Palette’s online library of strategies, called Swatches, and decide which ones they want to test in their concept. The Swatches give users sound passive design principles supported by built precedents and questions to guide the refinement of their design. Not only does Design Guidance enable a project to achieve stronger performance, but it also increases designers’ understanding and mastery of Performance-Based Design solutions.

“Design Guidance should be a great resource for anyone designing high-performance buildings, from students to seasoned professionals alike,” said Moseley Architects’ Energy Analytics Specialist John Nichols. “This is especially valuable for specialists within a firm, as part of our job is to increase the firm’s collective building performance knowledge.  Combining Sefaira’s real-time analysis with Architecture 2030’s detailed explanations and project examples merges the best parts of each resource and has the potential to be very useful to the design community.”

Sefaira’s Design Guidance functionality is now available within Sefaira Architecture and will be previewed at booth 643 at Greenbuild in Los Angeles this week.

About Architecture 2030

Architecture 2030 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization with the mission of rapidly transforming the built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate and energy crises. Architecture 2030 pursues two primary objectives:

  • the dramatic reduction in global fossil fuel consumption and GHG emissions of the built environment by changing the way cities, communities, infrastructure, and buildings, are planned, designed, and constructed and;
  • the regional development of an adaptive, resilient built environment that can manage the impacts of climate change, preserve natural resources, and access low-cost, renewable energy resources.

More info: visit, or follow Architecture 2030 on  Twitter and  Facebook.

About Trimble Buildings

Sefaira’s solutions within the Trimble Buildings portfolio is part of Trimble's Engineering and Construction segment focused on solutions that optimize the complete Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. Trimble is dedicated to transforming the industry—increasing productivity, reducing waste and optimizing schedules, budgets and real estate portfolios—with powerful solutions that streamline communication and collaboration. These targeted solutions enable architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and occupiers to realize greater agility, efficiency and insight. Used in over 150 countries around the world, Trimble Buildings’ solutions are transforming the way the world designs, builds and operates infrastructure and buildings. Details about Trimble Buildings' complete DBO portfolio are available at:

About Sefaira

Founded in 2009 and acquired by Trimble in 2016, Sefaira is a 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 with Autodesk Revit and Trimble SketchUp models. 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 has won a variety of industry awards and has been named as a Global Cleantech 100 company in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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