Importing CAD (.dwg) files into SketchUp to use with Sefaira


While it would be ideal to have a 3D model before starting to use Sefaira, some times thats just not the case. If all you have to start from is a CAD (.dwg) file, this article will explain how to go from this: 

to this: 

Watch this video to see how to:

  1. Save your .dwg file,
  2. Import it into SketchUp and clean it up,
  3. Draw simple zoned geometry in SketchUp,
  4. Open the Sefaira plugin and check geometry and initial energy feedback,
  5. Make any necessary adjustments or improvements,
  6. Optionally, look at the resultant Daylight inside the building,
  7. Upload to the Sefaira Web App,
  8. Optionally, add any zoning, space use changes, envelope changes to add detail to your analysis,
  9. Compare results

Or see SketchUp's own guidance for more detail - Starting with a CAD file in SketchUp

If you have any comments or questions, please check out the SketchUp + Sefaira Forum or contact 

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