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Have you checked out Dynamo recently? Last year we featured a few posts on the computational design tool, but this year there were a slew of new developments, especially with respect to building performance analysis workflows, we decided to tie off the year with an update.

Who this is for: Architects, Engineers, Programmers, and Designers

Dynamo is a visual programming platform for BIM, specifically it’s an open source platform for Revit and Vasari. There’s really no end to what you can do with Dynamo. Just check out their new gallery.  Applications range from automatic shading design to modeling a woven basket in Revit.

Now, there’s “Energy Analysis for Dynamo.” Leveraging the Autodesk Dynamo, Revit, and Building Performance Analysis teams, Thornton Tomasetti was able to enable parametric energy modeling and whole building energy analysis workflows for Dynamo. Users can simply download the “Energy Analysis for Revit” package via the Dynamo Package Manager and start doing parametric whole building energy analysis, configuring the Revit/Vasari model, and interpreting results from the analysis. More information on Thornton Tomasetti’s blog.


This year also saw the release of “Daylighting Workflows” which connects Dynamo to Autodesk’s Cloud Rendering service to enable quick and accurate parametric daylighting analysis workflows. The “Daylighting Workflow” package provides you with all the necessary nodes and complete workflow to perform parametric daylighting analysis and parse the results. Download this package from the Dynamo Package Manager.


Another building performance application of Dynamo we’re excited about is “Solar Analysis for Dynamo,” focused on understanding how solar radiation affects the building envelope. This set of nodes lets computational designers not just make images with pretty colors but get into the underlying data and use it to make more meaningful designs. It is also available on the Package Manager.


Building performance analysis applications with Dynamo are just getting started, and we’ll keep you updated as they get rolled out. In the meantime, be sure to download Dynamo, and get started with some of the online tutorials.

How will Dynamo improve your design’s performance?

Stephanie Egger

Stephanie Egger is a building scientist and engineer, and passionate about reducing building energy use through education. She works on the Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Team where she exposes customers to the latest high performance building design tools and provides training on to how best use them. Previously she co-authored and launched a series of online courses that educate the next generation of designers. These courses and related certificate programs (Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Certificate) teach architects and engineers the basics of sustainable design and building performance through simulation and analysis tools. Stephanie pairs the creation of these educational offerings with the commitment to continuous improvement of building-design technology to enable designers to create sustainable and meaningful designs.