The Lighting Analysis Extension for Revit with Daylighting for LEED lets you leverage the Rendering cloud service in Autodesk 360 to perform very fast and physically accurate daylighting analysis from within Revit. Rendering in Autodesk 360 is a wicked fast cloud service that recently exposed illuminance results that are comparable to Radiance with the exception of one aspect — speed. The Rendering cloud service accounts for all light bounces and is about 24x to 1000x faster than Radiance.
Tonight I posted a new update. Here are the details I got from Software Developer/Building Energy Engineer, David Scheer.
- The current technology preview of the Lighting Analysis Extension for Revit with Daylighting for LEED will expire June 30, 2014.
- The current build includes a pricing structure charging cloud credits through your Autodesk 360 account. You will be notified how many credits are required and how many you have available with each analysis. Credits are charged only after the analysis completes successfully. The pricing structure includes a free level and a fee level for high and low resolution analyses based on the area of floor objects visible in the LEED 3D view at the following rates:
- Low Resolution (6 ft grid) — Free up to ~25,000 sq ft, then 1 CC per 12,500 sq ft
- High Resolution (1 foot grid) — Free up to ~6,000 sq ft, then 1 CC per 3,000 sq ft
- By hiding floor objects in the LEED 3d view that you are not interested in.
- By selecting in the analysis dialog one or more levels to analyze rather than the whole building.
Please let us know what you think about the new version and the pricing scheme. As always we value your input and will respond as quickly as possible.
Existing users can visit the project to get the build. New users — now is a good time to test it with your designs while you can.
You can share your feedback with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the discussion forum on the Autodesk Labs project.
Lighting analyses are once again alive in the lab.