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Get the valuable data you need to weave contextual insights into your project and get your creative juices flowing before you launch into 3D.

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How PreDesign can help you explore viable options?

Avoid rework during schematic design by focusing only on feasible approaches.

PreDesign connects the dots between climate and building type by suggesting appropriate architectural responses.

Our brand new climate research tool helps you to better understand your project’s environment anywhere in the world, before you dive into design in 3D.

Intuitive sun path diagrams show you the areas of your site that need to be shielded from overheating sun.

Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to create an informed architectural design narrative around climate – and build the most efficient building possible.

Generate compelling graphics for storytelling

Quickly access all the graphics and talking points you need to introduce climate factors early.

Save the hassle of navigating multiple platforms to tell a simple story. PreDesign will suggest best design strategies based on your site’s climate, such as larger openings to take advantage of great outdoor conditions, and shading to control adverse solar gain.

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Leave no planar surface out! Some locations and building types benefit from top lighting alongside, or instead of, windows. Should your sawtooth face north or south?

PreDesign provides inspiration and clear guidance on the suitability of a wide range of top lighting options, making it easy to find the right solution to bring  beneficial daylight into your design.

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Toggle between eight different orientations and access shading guidance specific to any direction for optimal climate design.

PreDesign tells you how effective each option is in shading overheating sun and whether it adversely blocks too much warming sun. With this you’ll have an informed shortlist of the most effective shading strategies for your concept.

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Keep your design moving forward

Get the valuable data you need to weave contextual insights into your project and get your creative juices flowing before you launch into 3D.

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Too hot, too cold, or just right?

Adjust these five key parameters — glazing type, framing insulation, solar control, and external shading — to understand the trade-offs when you increase the amount of glass on each face of your building.

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Shading and glazing

Quickly identify the most effective shading strategies, and the trade-offs in increasing glazing for each face of your building.


Get inspiration on how to bring good daylight into your design through high-level windows and the roof.

Architectural response

Connect the dots between the climate and your building type, and arrive at the best architectural design response.

Outside spaces

Find out which strategies and combinations provide the most value in extending the use of outside space.

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