Trimble Acquires Sefaira Ltd.


It was announced that London/New York-based Sefaira Ltd. Has been acquired by Trimble. Sefaira is a leading developer of cloud-based software for the design of high-performance buildings. Trimble said that the acquisition grows its design-build-operate (DBO) portfolio to include tools for designing high-performing buildings soon in the conceptual stage of a project. However, financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed to the public.

Sefaira’s solutions allow users to compare, estimate, and optimize the water, carbon, energy, and financial benefits of various design strategies by giving modern performance analysis through an intuitive user interface. This design enables users to efficiently manage and control the investment between different building strategies, to minimize water and energy use, develop high performing sustainable building designs at a cheaper cost, and maximize capital efficiency. Sefaira analysis can be run with models that were developed in SketchUp, Trimble’s flagship building design tool for engineers and architects, and with models created in Autodesk Revit. Sefaira also provides robust tools that let contractors and engineers to derive and examine HVAC design scenarios from an architectural model.

According to Chris Keating, the General Manager of Trimble’s Architecture and Design Division, “Architects rely on SketchUp to understand conceptual design choices and develop constructible models. But today, design is no longer just about aesthetics. Architects need to consider building performance in a more intuitive way and be able to collaborate better with the engineers who design the systems that make buildings work. We have been a development partner with Sefaira for years now, and we are excited to increase our commitment to this space by adding Sefaira’s tools into Trimble’s portfolio of products for building designers and engineers.”

On the other hand, Sefaira’s CEO, Mads Jensen said, “Sefaira’s tools are already being used by designers at more than 500 firms globally. Joining former with Trimble will allow us to expand the reach of our tools much further, bringing performance analysis to many more architects around the world. This is an exciting milestone in our journey towards a future where building design is synonymous with high-performance, resulting in a built environment that is truly sustainable.”

As part of Trimble’s Engineering and Construction segment, Trimble Buildings is focused on solutions to optimize the complete design-build-operate life cycle of buildings.