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Looking for Building Templates

Hi I am so excited using UMI. But I wonder where can I find regular templates for commercial buildings, office buildings and residential bu…

Started by Yingying Lu

2 Aug 21, 2013
Reply by Yingying Lu

Creating geometry

Hi, Must the wizard always be used to generate windows and floors or can we create our own through standard modeling techniques? When I use…

Started by Ed Clark

2 Aug 20, 2013
Reply by J. Alstan Jakubiec

Grasshopper UMI

Hi, I moved to grasshoper component. I can see that there is no thermal simulation at current stage. I open some example and tried to run b…

Started by Michal Dengusiak

12 Jul 2, 2013
Reply by daniel nielsen

Runtime Error when running site building info

Hi, I created a simple site with a few boxes but I am struggling to generate floors/windows -site building Info step. I always got this ru…

Started by Michal Dengusiak

7 Jun 13, 2013
Reply by J. Alstan Jakubiec

Looking forward to test it!

I am really looking forward to test this very interesting tool! It can only be a success as DIVA ;)

Started by daniel nielsen

11 Jun 5, 2013
Reply by Timur

Orthogonal extrusions

I read that building polysurfaces in Umi must be modeled as orthogonal extrusions. This is a very large limitation since most cities are fa…

Started by Max Tillberg

1 Jun 5, 2013
Reply by Tarek Rakha

Modeling issues with adjoining walls

Thank you for this nice and promising tool! I started using it and have a few questions regarding the modeling of L-shaped buildings in Rhi…

Started by Emilie

1 Jun 4, 2013
Reply by J. Alstan Jakubiec

An important work

This is excellent work and is extremely important for designers. Best of luck.

Started by Menna Dessouki

1 May 12, 2013
Reply by Tarek Rakha

Undefined Variable

Great work! I am enjoying testing UMI out but keep getting this error when it comes to the energy modeling simulation. I am using a custom…

Started by Elliot J Glassman

1 May 12, 2013
Reply by J. Alstan Jakubiec

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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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