If you ever wondered the impact of sun hours on the 21st of June in Sydney of a building shaped like a monkey, now you know.
For those unaware of Ladybug tools, Ladybug tools is a suite of visual programming nodes that allow users to easily use otherwise rather technical building physics software, and link them to parametric designs. There are four related categories of nodes. Ladybug allows like EPW weather analysis, shadow studies, solar, psychrometric charts, Honeybee does daylight analysis with Radiance, energy models with OpenStudio, and envelope heat flow with Therm. Butterfly hooks into OpenFOAM. Dragonfly models large-scale climate phenomena, such as urban heat island, climate change, and local climate factors such as topography. Together, they form Ladybug tools. I stole this intro from their website, which you should check out here: https://www.ladybug.tools/
The currently proprietary Ladybug visual programming interfaces are shipped as a set of nodes for Rhino + Grasshopper, and for Revit + Dynamo. The idea was floated around that it is possible to port it to Blender as an extension of Sverchok, as most of the code is platform agnostic (which is the hardest part, so a huge thank you to @mostapha !). I’m excited to say that I can finally announce that Ladybug Tools for Blender v0.0.200927 is now released for testing!
These tools are useful for architects, as well as environmental / sustainable design consultants. If this is your field, you’ve probably already heard of Ladybug, and so I would love your feedback!
Installation steps are here.
Enough text, let’s see pictures!