We’re excited to announce the launch of PreDesign; SketchUp’s brand new tool for design research. PreDesign is a web-based tool that provides the insights you need to understand how the climate should influence your design, before you get started in 3D. All you need is a location and a building type. If you are an architect, landscape architect, urban planner, or looking to develop a project, PreDesign will enable you to better understand your site’s specific climate to zero-in on the most viable design options and craft an intelligent narrative with context. With PreDesign, you set the stage for success and get clients on board with your proposals.
- PreDesign provides a concise overview of the seasons, sky conditions, and predominant winds in your site. You’ll also get recommendations on how to respond to these conditions and answer answer questions such as, “What type of shading devices should I be considering?”; “How much glass is too much glass on each facade of my building?”; “What types of windows should I be looking to specify?” and much more. Armed with these insights, you’ll be able to decide, with confidence, what architectural features you need to make the most of your site and propose thoughtful, climate-responsive design solutions.
If you are a SketchUp Pro, Studio, or Enterprise subscription customer, you can already access PreDesign. Just go to predesign.sketchup.com and login with your Trimble ID.
For more about PreDesign, you can read the full announcement here in our blog.