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Christoph Reinhart, Carlos Cerezo, Timur Dogan, J. Alstan Jakubiec, Tareak Rakha and Cody Rose

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umi is based on massing models built in Rhinoceros 3D


umi's Site module supports basic site statistics


umi Daylighting calculates floor by floor spatial sDA distributions


umi Daylighting also calculates floor level sDA distributions


umi Energy calculates operational energy use based on E+


umi Walkability calculates distiances to user-specified amenities


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

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, walkability and daylighting potential. umi is a design environment for Rhinoceros 3d and includes an application programming interface (API) for researchers and consultants interested in adding additional performance modules and metrics such as Urban Agriculture. Focus users are urban designers and planners, municipalities, utilities, sustainability consultants and other urban stakeholders. umi versions 1.0 and 2.0 were developped 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 and Transsolar Climate Engineering. A first public version of umi was released during a public symposium on Sustainable Urban Design on May 6th 2013 at MIT. The latest public version can be downloaded below.

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