Sefaira and the future of sustainable architecture
Trying to change an architectural blueprint is a bit like asking the Titanic to make a U-turn. Altering a design or adding green features is often labor-intensive, technically daunting, and can require hours, if not days, of work.
New York and London-based startup Sefaira wants to change that, making green architecture a whole lot more accessible to both architects, and eventually, consumers. Founded in 2009, the company has quickly grown, winning accolades and awards from its peers in the process, most recently earning the Green Building Innovation of the Year award at Ecobuild 2011.
Using Sefaira's cloud-based software, architects can now calculate the particulars of each building's green footprint using simple variables and see results within seconds of inquiry.
Want to know how those "green" windows will perform on a cloudy day? On a sunny day? How about the solar panel on the roof? Allowing for variables such as window design, insulation, local weather conditions, and the availability of renewable energy sources, Sefaira's software offers answers.
If only the Titanic had managed to move that fast.
Now go forth (and get green).
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