Configuring site parameters

To configuring your project's parameters, click the "Project" button in the umi toolbar:

The umi panel opens, with the "Project" tab active:

Note that new projects use the Boston Logan Airport weather file, a default template library, and the default amenities profile. Within umi, blue text indicates default values.

To select a new weather file, click the "Import" button:

Navigate to and choose your desired EnergyPlus weather (.epw) file. Notice how the location text is not blue after a new file has been chosen.

To customize your building templates, click the "Edit" button:

The template editor will open. Make any changes you desire, and remember to save! Notice how the template library text is not blue after changes are made. Whole template libraries can also imported into and exported from umi projects. Watch out - existing changes will be overwritten when this happens!

The third setting allows you to provide a custom "amenities profile" for mobility calculations. The default profile is usually sufficient, but to learn about providing a custom profile, see Design Accessibility.

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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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