ANALYSIS INSIDE SKETCHUP
LightUp Analytics is a sophisticated Daylight, Sunlight and Skylight modelling tool. It puts critical information at your fingertips when you need it most – at the Design and Analysis Stage of a scheme’s development.
WHAT IS LIGHTUP ANALYTICS?
LightUp Analytics is a powerful Daylight and Sunlight Modelling software tool that is used as a SketchUp plugin, it allows users to assess sunlight and daylight effects on complex 3D models. The software performs multiple tasks very quickly and efficiently. LUA has been designed by specialists and practitioners from the following industry sectors:
- daylight impact and sunpath analysis
- environmental design consultancy
- realtime lighting rendering
- low energy buildings – including Passivhaus Design
- energy efficient buildings
- 3D graphics
WHO IS IT AIMED AT?
This unique combination of specialisms has created a tool designed to analyse and optimise complex and multiple building development proposals and concepts enabling them to be very energy efficient and compliant with industry standards such as BR209: Site layout Planning for Daylight & Sunlight and GIR27:Passive Solar Estate Layout. The creators believe that LUA has for the first time brought together all of these elements into one software tool.
LUA is aimed primarily at:
- Planning Policy Officers
- Energy specialists
- Passivhaus Designers
- Daylighting specialists
The LUA development team is indebted to the TSB Innovation Voucher programme https://vouchers.innovateuk.org/ and to Rationel Windows and Doors (UK) Ltd. www.rationel.co.uk who have kindly sponsored the LUA project.
We would also like to thank in particular Dr. Paul Littlefair, Principal Lighting Consultant at Building Research Establishment and Rob McLeod, Certified Passivhaus Designer, CEPH Trainer, Associate of BRE and Regeneration Partnership and PhD Researcher at Cardiff University, for their guidance and advice during the development of the LUA software.
Plymouth University School of Architecture Design and Environment and LightUp Analytics, a daylight and sunlight analytic modelling software company have established a partnership to support research and teaching.
Students have been using a newly developed software programme that works as a plugin with sketchup to assess various projects against daylight and sunlight design criteria and how they would design them differently as part of a research informed teaching module.
The software has enabled students to actively engage with daylight as a design tool in a fast and accessible way which is unique to this software programme. This has resulted a much more rigorous approach to design but also, due to the accessibility of the software, a huge interest in an issue that was previously only the concern of building physics students as architecture students did not have the time or skill set to engage with it in such a rigorous way.
Simon Bradbury MA (cantab) Dip Arch ARB, Lecturer in Architecture – Plymouth University
I have used LUA on ‘real’ projects – density. massing, adjoining daylight amenity and (critically) certainty increased.
Gary Jackson www.spacestrategy.co.uk
From a consultants perspective LightUp Analytics will increase the speed of independent assessments and allow designers themselves to measure the impacts of what they are planning quickly and simply. It will provide pretty instant results at the click of a mouse, essential stuff to those who are serious about daylight and sunlight!
Julian Brooks www.brooksdevlin.com