[Sbse] Alternative to Safaira (Dekay, R Mark)

Deepa creations.deepa at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 21:17:57 PDT 2020


Is HEED available? I've recently tried to look for it and could not find it
listed on the UCLA Energy Design website. Would love to know if it is
hosted elsewhere or if someone could share the exe file.

Thanks,
Deepa

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> From: Stefano Schiavon <schiavon at berkeley.edu>
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> Subject: [Sbse] Alternative to Safaira
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> Hi All,
>
> Gail and I teach an introduction to energy and environment for
> undergraduate students. It is not a professional architectural program, and
> ~1/3 of the students do not have 3D software skills. Topics include climate
> analysis, energy flows in buildings, thermal properties of building
> materials, thermal comfort, solar shading, daylighting, passive heating and
> cooling, indoor air quality, acoustics, and mechanical systems.
>
> In the past, we used Safaira during lab time and for the final design
> project to perform some simple energy estimations. We explored the effects
> of building rotation, changes in the wall assembly, shading devices,
> windows property, and infiltration rate). It seems that Safaira is not free
> anymore. Do you know when this change happened and if exceptions are
> allowed?
>
> Do you have any suggestions for alternative software?
>
> Best,
> Stefano
>
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> From: "Collins, Tom" <tdcollins at bsu.edu>
> To: Stefano Schiavon <schiavon at berkeley.edu>, "sbse at uidaho.edu"
>         <sbse at uidaho.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Sbse] Alternative to Safaira
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> Stefano,
> Bob Koester and I at Ball State encountered the same issue this semester.
> It appears that the educational licenses are not being renewed and that
> students will now need to buy an annual license for $55. This is
> disappointing because I agree with you that Sefaira was a great way to get
> students with limited modeling skills to explore simple energy use
> estimates. I would be curious to hear from the SBSE cohort about other
> software being used for simple energy modeling. I like Sefaira for its user
> interface. Some suggestions I?ve received from colleagues and students are
> Open Studio, Insight in Revit, and Grasshopper with Ladybug and Honeybee.
> All seem less user friendly or useful for beginners.
> Best,
> -Tom
>
> From: SBSE <sbse-bounces at uidaho.edu> on behalf of Stefano Schiavon <
> schiavon at berkeley.edu>
> Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12:27 PM
> To: "sbse at uidaho.edu" <sbse at uidaho.edu>
> Subject: [Sbse] Alternative to Safaira
>
> Hi All,
>
> Gail and I teach an introduction to energy and environment for
> undergraduate students. It is not a professional architectural program, and
> ~1/3 of the students do not have 3D software skills. Topics include climate
> analysis, energy flows in buildings, thermal properties of building
> materials, thermal comfort, solar shading, daylighting, passive heating and
> cooling, indoor air quality, acoustics, and mechanical systems.
>
> In the past, we used Safaira during lab time and for the final design
> project to perform some simple energy estimations. We explored the effects
> of building rotation, changes in the wall assembly, shading devices,
> windows property, and infiltration rate). It seems that Safaira is not free
> anymore. Do you know when this change happened and if exceptions are
> allowed?
>
> Do you have any suggestions for alternative software?
>
> Best,
> Stefano
>
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> From: "Rysanek, Adam" <arysanek at sala.ubc.ca>
> To: Stefano Schiavon <schiavon at berkeley.edu>, "sbse at uidaho.edu"
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> Subject: Re: [Sbse] Alternative to Safaira
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> Hi Stefano,
>
> It depends on the extent to which you want to dive into all the outputs of
> building energy modelling.
> However, for teaching students who do not have experience with 3D
> modelling and have a steep learning curve to energy models like Sefaira or
> other plug-ins, I use Design Explorer and similar design space exploration
> tools.
>
> In the case of Vancouver, we already have a free online Design
> Explorer-like tool for these explorations of typical residential building
> types in the city:
>
> https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.buildingpathfinder.com/launch-murb/__;!!JYXjzlvb!wYz5qtYKuM8p1tc3oL0c3_7fs5m2A-tqeDC9VNQm1buRzhgjLSovJA8149cwXg$
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> For other cities, I have created a Rhino/Grasshopper/ARCHSIM (now
> ClimateStudio) model that allows me to run exhaustive parametric
> simulations ex-ante, and load them into a Design Explorer case. This gives
> a very simple, fast, and effective interface to understand the trade-offs
> between design interventions and simulated performance without running an
> energy model itsef. It has a bit of a larger front-end cost (in
> instructor/TA hours) to prepare these, but I?ve preferred them for giving
> students a way to run simple evaluations when the course is not in a
> position to teach how-to-use-an-energy-model.
>
> Overall, hats off to the Solemma team (you know you are!) for building
> these new Grasshoper plugins that have really been effective for teaching
> energy modelling to students, including non-architects. I?ve had success
> teaching undergraduate students how to export their Sketchup models to
> Rhino simply in order to execute an ARCHSIM/Climate Studio energy model. It
> does depends on whether you have a Rhino license for your students and an
> apetite for it. We do here at UBC.
>
> Best,
> Adam
>
>
>
> From: SBSE <sbse-bounces at uidaho.edu> on behalf of Stefano Schiavon <
> schiavon at berkeley.edu>
> Date: Friday, 2 October 2020 at 9:27 AM
> To: "sbse at uidaho.edu" <sbse at uidaho.edu>
> Subject: [Sbse] Alternative to Safaira
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> Hi All,
>
> Gail and I teach an introduction to energy and environment for
> undergraduate students. It is not a professional architectural program, and
> ~1/3 of the students do not have 3D software skills. Topics include climate
> analysis, energy flows in buildings, thermal properties of building
> materials, thermal comfort, solar shading, daylighting, passive heating and
> cooling, indoor air quality, acoustics, and mechanical systems.
>
> In the past, we used Safaira during lab time and for the final design
> project to perform some simple energy estimations. We explored the effects
> of building rotation, changes in the wall assembly, shading devices,
> windows property, and infiltration rate). It seems that Safaira is not free
> anymore. Do you know when this change happened and if exceptions are
> allowed?
>
> Do you have any suggestions for alternative software?
>
> Best,
> Stefano
>
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> Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2020 17:00:14 +0000
> From: "Dekay, R Mark" <mdekay at utk.edu>
> To: Stefano Schiavon <schiavon at berkeley.edu>
> Cc: "Mailman - sbse at uidaho.edu" <sbse at uidaho.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Sbse] Alternative to Safaira
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> Stefano,
>
> For that cohort, you could look at HEED. It will do better at passive
> heating and cooling than Sefaira, although its modeling limits make it less
> useful for design studios. Sefaira does NOT account for any interior
> thermal mass. Natural ventilation is single-sided only. It does not work
> with any other passive cooling system, such as stack ventilation. Etc.
>
> Mark DeKay
>
> > On Oct 2, 2020, at 12:26 PM, Stefano Schiavon <schiavon at berkeley.edu>
> wrote:
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> > [External Email]
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> > Hi All,
> >
> > Gail and I teach an introduction to energy and environment for
> undergraduate students. It is not a professional architectural program, and
> ~1/3 of the students do not have 3D software skills. Topics include climate
> analysis, energy flows in buildings, thermal properties of building
> materials, thermal comfort, solar shading, daylighting, passive heating and
> cooling, indoor air quality, acoustics, and mechanical systems.
> >
> > In the past, we used Safaira during lab time and for the final design
> project to perform some simple energy estimations. We explored the effects
> of building rotation, changes in the wall assembly, shading devices,
> windows property, and infiltration rate). It seems that Safaira is not free
> anymore. Do you know when this change happened and if exceptions are
> allowed?
> >
> > Do you have any suggestions for alternative software?
> >
> > Best,
> > Stefano
> >
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> From: Smita Chandra Thomas <thomas at energy-shrink.com>
> To: "Collins, Tom" <tdcollins at bsu.edu>
> Cc: "sbse at uidaho.edu" <sbse at uidaho.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Sbse] Alternative to Safaira
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> The IFC (World Bank) software EDGE might work well for your purposes. It
> calculates Energy, Water and Materials efficiency. It is FREE, and will
> always be, available online, and cloud-based ? no need to download.
> edgebuildings.com
> app. edgebuildings.com
>
> I use it to illustrate passive design concepts and such in my seminars. It
> does live calculations using quasi steady-state calcs at the back-end based
> on ISO standards.
>
> I work with the team as a consultant. We are working on version 3 which
> will include an ASHRAE 2016 baseline and US locations. We will release a
> Beta in one or two weeks, and the full version in December. In the
> meantime, I use Beijing to model DC, for example.
>
> Hope that helps.
>
> Sincerely,
> Smita
> ?
> Smita Chandra Thomas
> Energy Shrink, LLC
> 202-556-3369
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>
> On Oct 2, 2020, at 12:53 PM, Collins, Tom <tdcollins at bsu.edu> wrote:
>
> ?
> Stefano,
> Bob Koester and I at Ball State encountered the same issue this semester.
> It appears that the educational licenses are not being renewed and that
> students will now need to buy an annual license for $55. This is
> disappointing because I agree with you that Sefaira was a great way to get
> students with limited modeling skills to explore simple energy use
> estimates. I would be curious to hear from the SBSE cohort about other
> software being used for simple energy modeling. I like Sefaira for its user
> interface. Some suggestions I?ve received from colleagues and students are
> Open Studio, Insight in Revit, and Grasshopper with Ladybug and Honeybee.
> All seem less user friendly or useful for beginners.
> Best,
> -Tom
>
> From: SBSE <sbse-bounces at uidaho.edu> on behalf of Stefano Schiavon <
> schiavon at berkeley.edu>
> Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12:27 PM
> To: "sbse at uidaho.edu" <sbse at uidaho.edu>
> Subject: [Sbse] Alternative to Safaira
>
> Hi All,
>
> Gail and I teach an introduction to energy and environment for
> undergraduate students. It is not a professional architectural program, and
> ~1/3 of the students do not have 3D software skills. Topics include climate
> analysis, energy flows in buildings, thermal properties of building
> materials, thermal comfort, solar shading, daylighting, passive heating and
> cooling, indoor air quality, acoustics, and mechanical systems.
>
> In the past, we used Safaira during lab time and for the final design
> project to perform some simple energy estimations. We explored the effects
> of building rotation, changes in the wall assembly, shading devices,
> windows property, and infiltration rate). It seems that Safaira is not free
> anymore. Do you know when this change happened and if exceptions are
> allowed?
>
> Do you have any suggestions for alternative software?
>
> Best,
> Stefano
>
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