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Christoph Reinhart, Yu Qian Ang, Khadija Benis, Zach Berzolla, Carlos Cerezo, Timur Dogan, J. Alstan Jakubiec, Sam Letellier-Duchesne, Tarek Rakha and Cody Rose

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umi is based on massing models built in Rhinoceros 3D

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umi comes with a variety of analysis modules

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umi Site reports basic program statistics

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umi Daylighting calculates neighborhood-level access to daylight

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umi Energy calculates operational energy use based on E+

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umi Walkability calculates distances to user-specified amenities

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umi LCA calculates embodied energy use and carbon emissions over many years

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umi Harvest calculates how much of the local food demand can be grown on site

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umi District Energy calculates an optimal mix of energy supply systems for a given neighborhood

The Urban Modeling Interface (umi) is a multi-year effort by the Sustainable Design Lab to develop an urban modeling platform to evaluate the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities with respect to operational and embodied energy use, neighborhood walkability, access to daylighting, urban food production and district-level energy supply analysis. umi is a design environment for Rhinoceros 3d (Rhino) and includes an application programming interface (API) for researchers and consultants interested in adding additional performance modules and metrics. Focus users are urban designers and planners, municipalities, utilities, sustainability consultants and other urban stakeholders. umi files can be generated form scratch in Rhino or via the UBEM.io web app. UBEM.io also supports the results comparison of multiple umi files.

The latest public version can be downloaded below. Please note that UMI only works with Rhino 8 under Windows.

Download the latest UMI version (Rhino 8 only)

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