[Sbse] Alternative to Safaira

Smita Chandra Thomas bluroc at gmail.com
Sun Oct 4 17:27:45 PDT 2020


Bruce, I'll share a link to this listserv when we release the Beta version
of EDGE v3.
v2 is already available at app.edgebuildings.com

Sincerely,
Smita


On Sun, Oct 4, 2020 at 3:54 PM Haglund, Bruce (bhaglund at uidaho.edu) <
bhaglund at uidaho.edu> wrote:

> Stefano,
> Nice news on the school sketch-up license.
> Smita,
> How can we access the version 3 beta?
>
> Thanks,
> Bruce
> ------------------------------
> *From:* SBSE <sbse-bounces at uidaho.edu> on behalf of Stefano Schiavon <
> schiavon at berkeley.edu>
> *Sent:* Friday, October 2, 2020 4:04 PM
> *To:* sbse <sbse at uidaho.edu>
> *Subject:* Re: [Sbse] Alternative to Safaira
>
> Dear All,
>
> thank you very much for the valuable feedback and suggestions. I was also
> unaware of EDGE and Design Explorer.
> Since I wrote this morning, I learned that if your university has a
> SketchUp license in your department or another one, then you can still get
> Safaira for free.
>
> Have a nice weekend,
>
> Stefano
>
>
>
> On Fri, Oct 2, 2020 at 12:07 PM Smita Chandra Thomas <bluroc at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> Most welcome. Also, as a student of Murra Milne (in the 90s), I'm happy to
> hear you are using HEED, which is his baby.
>
>
> On Fri, Oct 2, 2020 at 2:52 PM James Erickson <jperick1 at asu.edu> wrote:
>
> Stefano --
>
> For a class with minimal 3D modeling skills, I have often used BeOpt (
> beopt.nrel.gov/home
> <https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://beopt.nrel.gov/home__;!!JYXjzlvb!xkBUWPD1S7Sq_2_mQfeAkgwQp7fw5aXzO1vQPhbBVRPd_NFQPMx4VMKEOER0Bg$>)
> and/or HEED (https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.energy-design-tools.aud.ucla.edu/heed/__;!!JYXjzlvb!xqQN-_d8lE-Rwp1KzUaZilCnVbbBVdHiMLphmW9u7LYod-9CALoQJubDr3SCRA$ 
> <https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.energy-design-tools.aud.ucla.edu/heed/__;!!JYXjzlvb!xkBUWPD1S7Sq_2_mQfeAkgwQp7fw5aXzO1vQPhbBVRPd_NFQPMx4VMIs_fby7Q$>)
> for simple, preliminary energy analysis and introducing the concept to
> students and novice architects.
>
> Unlike other options, these tools do not have any monetary obstacles to
> their use (both are free) and are from reputable institutions.  Modeling in
> these programs is simplistic, best for providing analysis of preliminary
> residential forms however, there are abundant options for testing different
> environmental, construction assemblies, orientation, and equipment
> scenarios.  Enough to keep a class occupied and complete a range of
> introductory assignments.  BeOpt can provide a means to test all of the
> subjects you list for your class.
>
> For an instructor and TAs, there is little time to set up files and
> demonstrate the tools to a class.  Students can quickly start simulating
> results and testing hypotheses within minutes of installing.  EnergyPlus is
> used by BeOpt (not sure about HEED) as the simulation engine making the
> program well suited for energy and resource usage analysis but limited on
> daylighting.   Data visualization is limited to simplistic graphics
> however, you can export an IDF file to be run in other software such as a
> grasshopper HB/LB script or even EnergyPlus(!) and display output data in
> your prefered data viewer.
>
> BeOpt provides the means to run individual, parametric, and
> optimization scenarios with little set up time.
>
> Smita -- I was unaware of the EDGE software by the IFC.  Thank you for
> bringing this tool to our attention.
>
>
> Cheers -- James
>
>
>
>
>
> On Fri, Oct 2, 2020 at 11:15 AM Smita Chandra Thomas <
> thomas at energy-shrink.com> wrote:
>
> 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
> <https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://edgebuildings.com__;!!JYXjzlvb!xkBUWPD1S7Sq_2_mQfeAkgwQp7fw5aXzO1vQPhbBVRPd_NFQPMx4VMJxlOG7TQ$>
> app. edgebuildings.com
> <https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://edgebuildings.com__;!!JYXjzlvb!xkBUWPD1S7Sq_2_mQfeAkgwQp7fw5aXzO1vQPhbBVRPd_NFQPMx4VMJxlOG7TQ$>
>
> 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
>
>
> 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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