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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.…

Started by Diba Mlk

1 Mar 12
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As Rhino 6 has come up, will i still be able to run UMI plugin if I buy/purchase the student version of Rhino 5. I am pursuing my masters i…

Started by Natasha Senapati

15 Mar 3
Reply by Cody Rose

umi bundle export failed.

Hi there, I'm trying to save my umi file but i get this error:  umi bundle export failed. Please contact support and provide the umi-error-…

Started by Mina Rahimian

5 Feb 21
Reply by Cody Rose


Hello, I am just wondering if someone could clarify how the overheating user interface works in UMI, or point me towards the documentation…

Started by Wesley

0 Feb 21

UMI for lower version of Rhino 5

I have lover version of rhino 5 It is not insalling in the lower version please help me or give a new UMI file for lower version of Rhino 5

Started by madhavan

3 Feb 17
Reply by Cody Rose

Automate UMI Simulations in Grasshopper

Hi there, Is it possible to set up an UMI model and run the simulation all in grasshopper? To give some context: I'm developing a generatio…

Started by Mina Rahimian

0 Jan 28

integration of umi with GIS

Hi everybody, i am new of umi. I am working on a citywide model in GIS (Geogrpahic Information System) and I am wondering if I can modelled…

Started by FedericaZagarella

0 Dec 13, 2018

possible energy outputs

hi everybody! I am new of umi. I have two doubts about possible OUTPUTS: - it cannot provide each building energy demand on hourly base, in…

Started by FedericaZagarella

0 Dec 13, 2018

How to convert Walk-Score to VMT

Dear Sir / Madam Good day I have read a paper wrote by Tarek Rakha and Christoph Reinhart from Department of Architectural Engineering in M…

Started by Hossein Alipour

0 Nov 30, 2018

Embodied carbon and energy question

Hello, I just have a couple questions about the values for the embodied energy/carbon calculations.  My first question is where the default…

Started by Wesley

0 Nov 23, 2018


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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