Plugins for Sketchup and Grasshopper
Envimet INX for Sketchup
Envimet INX for Sketchup Envimet INX is an open-source plugin for Sketchup to build ENVI-met 2.5D models.
3D modeling environment. Perfect control of the 3D space thanks to Sketchup.
Easy to use. The modeling rules are similar to ENVI-met spaces with the difference that you can use all tools of Sketchup to speed up modeling. For example, you can organize the entities of ENVI-met in common tags (layers) of Sketchup. You can use scale/move/rotate tools of SKP with the geometries of the buildings, soils and so on. Last but not the least, you can use CTRL+Z/CTRL+Y to undo/redo changes.
Life-cycle of the model. Once you create the model you can change entities whenever you want. For example, changing the grid size, adding new trees or editing materials of the buildings. Everything will be saved in the SKP file. It simplifies the exchangeability of the file. Consider saving the file in the same folder of INX.
Utilities for the model calibration. You can have more than one grid in the same file and use one or another to export the INX model. You can use this feature during the calibration phase where you need just a portion of the model (usually) or to split a big model in many parts to calculate separately.
Morpho for Grasshopper
Morpho is an open-source project to build plugins based on .NET for ENVI-met. It has a series of components for Grasshopper of Rhino which lets you add the parametric modeling and simulation features to ENVI-met. It is the actual most active application of Morpho.
3D modeling environment. Perfect control of the 3D space thanks to Rhino.
Model variations. For example, you can change materials or shape of the buildings in a couple of seconds and without remodeling the model from scratch.
From parameters to model. Use the power of the scripting of Grasshopper. For example, you have to study the best building type in a plot. You can generate geometry of the buildings with Grasshopper and convert them to ENVI-met buildings by Morpho. And why not to generate many scenarios you want of the same case study?
Visualization. The customization of the visualization is almost infinite. You can represent a variable into a colored geometry thanks to Grasshopper. For example, you can extract the wind speed output of a slice of domain showing the air temperature at facades at the same time.
Integration. You can create a custom workflow of Grasshopper integrating other plugins for Grasshopper. For example, Morpho with Ladybug Tools. And why not? Use part of the output of ENVI-met for a building energy simulation.