Unlocking Design Potential: Discover Our New AI Thermal Comfort Solution

Creating comfortable and usable outdoor spaces is crucial, whether in scorching hot climates or freezing cold regions. To address this challenge, we are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking new feature in our toolkit of AI solutions. Introducing our new Thermal Comfort Simulation Tool.

With this innovative tool, your team receives almost instant feedback on the thermal comfort of outdoor spaces. This enables you to make informed decisions and optimize your designs on the fly. In this post we will explore how this solution works, its key features and benefits, why we developed it, and how you can take advantage of it today.

With Orbital Stack’s AI thermal comfort feature, you can identify uncomfortable areas hiding within your development. The image above shows that the courtyards in this design may be too cold to enjoy at this time of year, ultimately affecting the bottom line of commercial tenants in those spaces.

How it works

Our AI thermal comfort solution combines various factors to provide a comprehensive assessment of thermal comfort in outdoor spaces. We leverage wind results, solar and climate data, radiation, temperature, humidity, clothing choices, and human activity, which means our tool delivers a usable range of thermal comfort at every point in your design. It is unlike traditional methods, which require extensive post-processing and took hours to generate results. Our AI solution drastically reduces the time needed for meaningful analysis to just minutes.

Accomplishing this massive increase in speed when determining thermal comfort required enabling efficient execution on powerful Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). By harnessing the computational power of GPUs, which can create a remarkable speed increase of nearly 100 times compared to CPU-based simulations, we are now able to provide improved performance, ensuring that you receive rapid and accurate feedback on thermal comfort.

Features and benefits

Our AI environmental simulation software offers a range of features benefits that empower you to create comfortable and walkable outdoor spaces. Here’s what you can expect:

Fast results that you can trust

Our tool has been exclusively created for building designers. Because of this, your results are tailored to your specific needs, unlike other simulators with broader applications. Because we have real wind tunnel data backing our accurate predictions, our AI thermal comfort feature provides you with results you can rely on as little as 10 minutes, saving you precious time in your project schedule.

An easy-to-understand comfort scale

The results generated by our AI tool are presented on a user-friendly comfort scale, which categorizes locations into three types of zones:

  • Comfortable: These locations offer conditions similar to indoor spaces, with no thermal stress.
  • Too Cold/Too Warm: People may stay in these areas temporarily but will eventually seek more favorable conditions.
Our Thermal Comfort scale for a given season (range of months), time of day period (range of hours), clothing and activity level.

Transparent pricing based on simulations

Our simple pricing is based on the number of simulations run rather than GPU usage. This transparent pricing model ensures that you have a clear understanding of the simulation costs and eliminates any surprises. You can confidently explore the thermal comfort of your entire project without worrying about unexpected expenses.

Make Informed Choices Based on Hard Data

We use the Standard Predicted Mean Vote Modified (SPMV) metric, which effectively accounts for various outdoor conditions. SPMV can accurately consider factors such as elevated solar exposure and humidity ranges, components that are crucial for understanding thermal comfort in outdoor spaces. By utilizing SPMV, designers can obtain a more comprehensive and reliable assessment of thermal comfort in one easy to understand output. This leads to better-informed design decisions and improved user experiences.

Why we created this feature

The development of our AI thermal comfort solution was driven by two primary motivations: speed and accessibility. Traditional thermal comfort CFD solutions can be time-consuming, making them impractical for designers working quickly at the earliest stages of design. Recognizing the importance of considering thermal comfort in outdoor spaces, we set out to create a first-of-its-kind AI solution that seamlessly integrates wind tunnel test results and delivers rapid feedback.

By using a thermal comfort simulator, you can easily see how climatic impacts translate into uncomfortable spaces in your design. By taking this into consideration at the early stage, you can avoid costly impacts later down the line.

How to Try It Out

We invite you to sign up for an account today and experience the transformative capabilities of thermal comfort powered by AI.

By incorporating thermal comfort analysis into your design process, you can enhance the usability and walkability of outdoor spaces. With this solution, you can ensure a positive experience for pedestrians, residents, and commercial tenants for years to come.