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Spacemaker’s analyses enable you to accurately test and understand your proposals in greater detail than ever before, especially when it comes to buildability, livability and compliance. They’re fast and easy to use, meaning you don’t need in-depth technical expertise to run an analysis. Analyze different criteria simultaneously in real-time and instantly see the impact of the changes. Make better informed decisions backed up by data from day one; easily identify and fix problematic issues during early stage planning. Keep your project on track by spending less time analyzing, and more time designing.

On this page you’ll find an overview of the analyses available within Spacemaker, as well as links to any relevant documentation or articles. For more information, please visit our Help center (requires Spacemaker account).

 

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Area Analysis

Spacemaker provides an area analysis that quickly calculates various area metrics that are pertinent to your site. This includes:

  • Gross floor area - the total area of all floors in the buildings.
  • Gross internal area - the total area of all floors within the external facades.
  • Gross internal area for a single unit – calculated using a specified GFA-GIA conversion factor.
  • Net internal area – the sellable area within a building
  • Building coverage – the area of the site that is covered by buildings.

The method used to calculate the above metrics varies dependent on the location of the site. More details can be found within the technical documentation (see below).

Relevant links:

Technical documentation*

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Building analysis

Spacemaker provides a building analysis that quickly calculates various metrics related to the buildings on your site. This includes:

  • Number of buildings
  • The average number of stories
  • Total area of all facades
  • Total volume
  • The number of exterior corners
  • Average building height
  • Maximum building height

Relevant links:

Technical documentation (building analysis)*

Technical documentation (building heights)*

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Daylight analysis

(Obstruction angle)

Using the Daylight analysis in Spacemaker you will get insight regarding daylight performance on your site. Spacemaker have two analyses to assess daylight quality: Obstruction Angle and Vertical Sky Component. 

 

Obstruction Angle is a geometric measure for indicating daylight potential. It measures obstructions, such as surrounding buildings or terrain, and calculates the obstruction angle.

 

Our Obstruction Angle analysis leverages the following methods:

  • BRE (Building Research Establishment) guidelines
  • OptiX™ Ray Tracing Engine by NVIDIA

Relevant links: 

Introduction to daylight analysis 

Technical documentation*

Article on early-stage daylight analysis

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Daylight analysis

(Vertical sky component)

Vertical Sky Component (VSC) is a measure of how much light reaches facades from the sky. Spacemaker’s VSC Analysis leverages the following methods and sources for approximation of daylight potential:

 

  • BRE (Building Research Establishment) thresholds
  • CIE overcast Sky for 21 September at 12:00pm, International Commission on Illumination,
  • OptiX™ Ray Tracing Engine by NVIDIA (technology)
  • Academic paper: Daylight prediction based on the VSC - DF relation study from Lund University. Available for download here.

Relevant links:

Introduction to daylight analysis

Technical documentation (including benchmark results)*

Academic paper: Daylight prediction based on the VSC - DF relation study from Lund University.

Article on early-stage daylight analysis

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Noise analysis

Noise analysis is a powerful tool for decision makers to address problems related to environmental noise. 

This noise analysis was developed and tested with input from Sweco. The noise analysis in Spacemaker is developed based on the following:


  • The Common Noise Assessment Methods in Europe (CNOSSOS-EU).  This method is developed by the European Commission.
  • A preliminary version of the ISO 17534-4 (ISO 17534-4).  While still under development, the ISO 17534-4 standard contains test cases similarly to those in ISO 17534-3.

Relevant links: 

Introduction to Noise analysis

Technical documentation*

Information on Sweco partnership

Article on analyzing environmental noise in Spacemaker

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Outdoor Area analysis

Spacemaker’s Outdoor Area analysis can give an indication of the quality of outdoor spaces. It provides insight on the amount of outdoor area, noise conditions, terrain steepness, sun conditions and the spaciousness norm. 


Relevant links:

Technical documentation*

Terrain steepness analysis 

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Sun analysis

Spacemaker has two main types of direct sun analyses: analyses of sun hours on building facades, and analyses of sun hours on the ground. Users can set specific dates for sun hour for their studies. The analysis takes into account shading caused by buildings and/or terrain surrounding the site to assess the hours of sun a site receives.


Relevant links: 

Technical documentation*

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View analysis

In Spacemaker we provide two types of View analysis: View Distance and View to Area. This article will show you how to use the View Distance analysis. 

The View Distance analysis in Spacemaker measures the spaciousness around points on facades, giving an indication of how distant the view is.

The View to Area analysis demonstrates whether an observer, located at the building facade, can see an area of interest (such as a landmark, or river).

Relevant links:

Technical documentation (View to Area)*

Technical documentation (View distance)*

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Wind analysis

The Spacemaker Wind analysis is a powerful tool for early phase assessment of your site for various effects caused by wind. The Wind analysis complies with the quality requirements in the London wind guidelines. These guidelines where chosen due to the high level of technical details relevant for early phase wind comfort assessment on urban sites, which agrees with relevant academic literature. To ensure reliability, the analysis has been benchmarked against several engineering consultancies as well as academic benchmarks.


Spacemaker’s Wind Analysis leverages the following methods and sources:

  • 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • OpenFOAM
  • Steady-state RANS
  • k-Epsilon turbulence model
  • Global Wind Atlas and ERA5 (for wind roses)

Relevant links: 

Introduction to wind analysis 

Introduction to pedestrian wind comfort

Article on pedestrian wind comfort: "Why wind analyses are more relevant than ever"

Technical documentation*

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