Example File

Open the Rhino example file:

The grey blocks represent building envelopes. They must be modelled as B-rep (Boundary Representation) geometry. To push these envelopes to the UrbanDaylight analysis stack press “1”. A window will pop up with more detailed settings [See "Builder"]. With “2“ blockage geometry can be pushed to the stack. Blockage geometry are also B-reps that directly touch facades of the buildings. All other shading geometry is pushed to the stack with “2”.

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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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