Solar + Energy Analysis
Start a BIM workflow by evaluating the performance of elements from the beginning of the design process.

Analyze your building model for energy efficiency early in the design process.

With a FormIt Pro subscription through the AEC Collection, you have access to Energy Analysis with Insight:
  • Analyze early-stage design models with Green Building Studio's analysis engine
  • Connect to a dashboard view of the analysis results to compare options for your design
  • Adjust the Energy Analysis factor widgets, such as Window to Wall Ratio, Building Orientation, and others
  • Summarize your building's energy impact with a single number calculated as a bottom-line cost per area
  • Save your Energy Analysis results for future review with clients and other stakeholders

  • FormIt 2021 now checks your model for common model issues before launching Insight runs, and fixes common Insight failures for a more reliable experience.
  • FormIt 2021 also generally improves reliability of the FormIt + Insight connection, addressing many known failures and improving run success rates.

  • Insight Energy Analysis uploads your FormIt model data, and runs several hundred analyses in the cloud to determine various energy scores
  • Energy Analysis uses Revit to analyze your model, so just like when sending FormIt data to Revit, you'll need to ensure your FormIt model is watertight and manifold

  • Insight will use any visible geometry in your FormIt sketch
    • Ensure the building shell you want to analyze is the only visible geometry
    • Put supporting geometry like entourage, furniture, and site elements on a separate Layer, and turn the Layer off
  • Insight works best with a simple, solid building model
    • Ensure your building mass is solid and watertight
    • If your building design already has openings for windows and doors, it's best to create a new mass with no openings specifically for Energy Analysis, and hide the more detailed version using Layers
  • The simple building mass needs to have Levels applied
  • The FormIt model needs to have a Location set

  • Look for the Energy Analysis button in the toolbar
  • Click "Generate Insight" to start the process
  • This will upload the visible model data, and will run several hundred simulations in the cloud
  • When complete, a message will appear at the top of the screen, and the menu will update to indicate a new Insight is ready to view
    • Click "View Insight" to view the analysis in your web browser
    • You can also find all your Insights at Autodesk Insight.

  • FormIt Web provides additional details when Energy Analysis fails:
    • Go to FormIt Web
    • Open the model that's having issues with Energy Analysis
    • Run Energy Analysis
    • Open Developer Tools (hit F12 in either Google Chrome or Firefox)
    • Look at the Console tab
    • Copy or screenshot any errors, and report them on the FormIt forums

With a FormIt Pro subscription through the AEC Collection, you can visualize the sun's impact on your building:
  • Specify relevant faces to be analyzed for solar impact
  • Visualize results in seconds within the app canvas
  • Hover your mouse over an input point to see specific calculated values of solar impact
  • Choose to view results as a monthly glazing study, or as a yearly solar panel feasibility study
Learn more about Solar Analysis in FormIt Pro.
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Energy Analysis in FormIt
Energy Analysis with Insight
What's New With FormIt + Insight
Improvements to Insight Reliability
Getting Started
How It Works
Preparing Your FormIt Model
Starting Energy Analysis
Troubleshooting
Common Errors
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Solar Analysis