Global warming is undeniable, heat waves follow one another, exceptional. City dwellers feel the effects all the more as the lack of vegetation and mineralization generate urban heat islands, so they must adapt their way of life and their movements. Faced with this global phenomenon, all cities are taking measures to mitigate the impact of climate change. Urban planners, architects and real estate developers work together to improve living conditions in these islets in all seasons. Microclimate Analysis, launched by Spacemaker, is a predictive tool that will help them in this fight against heat islands.
Spacemaker, a Norwegian company, is best known as the publisher of the computer-aided design software Autocad. At the end of last November, the American company Autodesk announced the acquisition of Spacemaker for approximately 203 million euros, thus acquiring a cloud automation platform dedicated to the intelligent design of buildings. Spacemaker optimizes the construction of cities and their land value from their design, thanks to Artificial Intelligence. In Europe, Bouygues, Valode & Pistre, Nexity are among the property developers and architectural firms using this platform.
Microclimate analysis helps to avoid mistakes that could prove very costly in the future. From the design of the building, thermal comfort must be taken into account, otherwise the city’s sustainability strategy will fail.
In Northern Europe, homes were built to keep the heat in but do not protect their occupants during major thermal peaks. In the south, buildings are also suffering from climate change. Havard Haukeland, director of Spacemaker, says on this subject:
“Urban planning teams and other technical design offices are then forced to manage large-scale problems with the help of minor but often very costly improvements and renovations, to which are added high risks of delays. . »
Hence the interest of the Microclimate Analysis tool! It will allow all stakeholders in the construction of a city to consult and collaborate for relevant decision-making.
Spacemaker’s Microclimate Analysis feature is fast, intuitive, and visual. While the calculation of the heat effect of city blocks has been long and imprecise until now, an entire development team will be able to quickly visualize the impact of different design decisions. By modifying the percentiles, it will be possible to directly visualize the results on a thermography or Thermal Comfort. With this map, it will only take a few seconds to determine the periods and durations of comfort and discomfort outdoors.
For 2 years, Spacemaker studied thermal stresses and perceived temperatures, based on the UTCI measurement indicator (Universal Thermal Climate Index). By combining Microclimate Analysis with other studies, Spacemaker offers a new predictive tool with reliable and guaranteed results. Andrew Anagnost, CEO and President of Autodesk, concludes:
“Spacemaker has deep knowledge of automation and gives designers the ability to create and test urban design ideas in minutes. With two billion more inhabitants on our planet by 2050, quickly and sustainably designing urban development plans must be a priority. Spacemaker’s technology brings a fundamental change in the way we imagine and build cities, while preserving the health of people and the health of the planet. »
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