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UMI v2.0 or any recommendation

Hi UMI team

Just want to say that UMI seems to be a very useful tool in architecture and urban planning issues. Right now i'm working with a professor investigator and we are very interested in using UMI in a research about hi density housing and all the implied issues.…


Posted by Oswaldo Lau on October 30, 2014 at 2:58pm

UMI version 2

Hey UMI team

I am really looking forward to the new version. We are in June now - when can we expect the new release? ;)



Posted by daniel nielsen on June 3, 2014 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

Excellent Seminar.

Great presentation of best urban practices and UMI applications through speakers and student work. I look forward to trying out the software!

Quick question - is the financial-based aspect of UMI place specific?

Posted by Adelle York on May 8, 2013 at 11:02am — 1 Comment


Operational energy results do not change with different schedule assignments

Hello,I have been using umi for a study of the effect of different occupancy schedules on an earlier model developed by our research team. The problem is whenever I assign a different set of…Continue

Started by Diba Malekpour Nov 7.

how to calculate embodied carbon and energy 1 Reply

Hello,I am setting up a batch runner for a bunch of umi simulations and I am saving the results (all the values stored in the database for time series, etc.) into an excel sheet so that I can…Continue

Started by Wesley. Last reply by Wesley Nov 1.

UmiWrite error 1 Reply

Hello,I ran into a problem with the umiWrite component in Grasshopper, in that when I try and create an outpath for it, it throws an error:1. Solution exception:GetData() can only be called on a…Continue

Started by Wesley. Last reply by Wesley Oct 11.

Accessing data in the UMI sqlite database 3 Replies

Hello,I am doing a project where I am going to be creating and running a bunch of models, potentially hundreds.  I am using excel and grasshopper to read in parametric data from excel to make the…Continue

Started by Wesley. Last reply by Wesley Oct 11.


In Short

Umi is a Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities with respect to operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. Since 2012, Umi has been  developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with support from a National Science Foundation EFRI_SEED project, the MIT Energy Initiative, the Kuwait-MIT Center, the Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES) at KACST and MIT, Transsolar Climate Engineering and United Technologies Corporation. Further tool developed is now also being conducted at the Environmental Systems Lab at Cornell University.

A first public version of Umi was released during a public symposium on Sustainable Urban Design on May 6th 2013 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Version 2.0, which also includes an embodied energy module, was released on November 7th 2014.

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