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).
Spacemaker provides an area analysis that quickly calculates various area metrics that are pertinent to your site. This includes:
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).
Spacemaker provides a building analysis that quickly calculates various metrics related to the buildings on your site. This includes:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
In Spacemaker we provide two types of View analysis: View Distance and View to Area.
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).
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:
Microclimate analysis provides a way to quickly, easily, and accurately evaluate the thermal comfort of outdoor spaces. It combines our sun, wind, and daylight analyses with historic weather data to create a comprehensive microclimate map of your site.
To represent this “feels-like” temperature, the analysis uses the Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI), which is the most commonly used thermal comfort metric and widely considered to be both an accurate and respected indicator. Weather data,which is obtained from the ERA5 dataset provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, includes information about radiation, cloud cover, and winds.