The Archsim Energy Modeling component for Grasshopper allows you to quickly create multi-zone energy models and simulations for building design. The tool comes with an abstract thermal model class library and various functions such as “early design auto-zoning”, “automated intersections” etc. that assist you with model creation, simulation and result visualization. Currently, supported simulation engines are Energy Plus 8.0 and (TRNSYS17). However, the open library allows you to extend the output functionality for any other simulation package.
Urban Daylight Availability Simulations
The UrbanDaylight is a Rhino5 and Grasshopper plugin that allows designers to simulate and evaluate the daylight potential of large urban designs. The tool automates exterior DAYSIM simulations for all buildings in the city model. Given the solar radiation on the facades, it uses a generalized impulse response to compute the interior illumination on an hour by hour basis. This allows us to use the data for climate based metrics. You can download the paper here and the pdf slides form the SimBuild 2012 presentation here. Image credits: “Kendal Square Redesign” student design project at MIT Urban Modeling Seminar – by James Perakis and Josh Westerhold.
Daylighting – A Daysim interface for Rhino
Daylighting Beta is included in the plugin. This extends Rhino with regular Daysim simulation functionality. Here is a link to the creators of the Daysim simulation engine.