What we do

Rapiere is a unique platform designed by the industry for the industry, and represents the next-generation cost, carbon and energy platform for the built environment, designed for cloud and enterprise deployment.

Rapiere was developed by it’s four partners, each expert in a specific area: carbon, cost, energy and software, all combined into one solution.

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Rapiere’s unique selling points are:

the ability to optioneer and thus optimise a buildings whole life financial, energy, and carbon costs through the analysis of multiple design iterations, not previously possible. This will guarantee that the scheme design eventually selected will be optimised at the lowest cost whilst embedding the least carbon and keeping the on-going operational energy cost to a minimum


a system designed and built by industry practitioners using tried and trusted algorithms already in use thus guaranteeing consistency and accuracy of output


automatic production of sustainable certification (e.g. BREEAM/LEED)


the only system available on the Web to combine lifecycle energy, embedded carbon and life cycle costs into one model


unique user friendly graphic user interface (GUI)


international capability


no installed software required so no IT capital expenditure decisions for users


availability on multiple platforms (Windows, Apple, Android) and devices (PC, laptops, smart phones, tablets)

 

Rapiere features include:

high ease of use interface based on a Cards and Cardset metaphor


Trimble SketchUp and Autodesk Revit integration


BIM/Sketch-up compatibility


interoperability using industry standards


cost, carbon and energy modules


high-performance design optioneering and optimisation


Amazon S3 based cloud storage and computation


SAAS based system so no client installed software required

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Rapiere encapsulates and automates the application of real world construction cost data, embodied carbon algorithms and energy analysis modules. The system was launched in prototype form at London Ecobuild 2012 and has been very well received in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) community.

Rapiere will provide significant competitive advantage to AEC customers, enabling them to:

dramatically reduce time and cost of analysing concept design options


rapidly test multiple options


optimise design solutions to meet targets for embedded carbon, lifecycle energy usage and project life cycle cost


automatically produced sustainable certification (e.g. BREEAM/LEED)


share and collaborate across the design team


create incisive visualisations and reports


add value with new insights


be prepared for regulatory change


meet demands of forward thinking clients

 

The rationale for Rapiere is to provide architects, designers and engineers with an integrated way to assess the capital costs, operating costs, operational energy and carbon consumption of a building, or an estate of buildings or single project, during its lifecycle.

Rapiere uses early stage design data to generate a 3D Building Information Model (BIM), attribute it with specification data and use that data to calculate whole-life costs, plus determine and help reduce embodied and operational carbon.

Rapiere provides a total appraisal of options in relation to:

building fabric


structural strategy


ventilation, heating and cooling strategies


building height, shape, location, etc.

 

As an example of how the platform can be used, a design team member, looking to present a number of design options to a client for a project can, using the software, run a number of scenarios via the platform, generating cost, energy and carbon efficiency data for each.

The optimum design solution can then be selected allowing the most sustainable solution to be found much earlier in the design process than is currently possible.

Previously, this would have involved running each scenario individually, manually passing the data between individual consultant’s analysis tools; a process that could take weeks and incur substantial costs. The reporting module generates a range of charts such as incremental carbon saving achieved per additional pound spent on the project, or a prediction of the lowest carbon option possible within a specified budget. It also automatically generates BREEAM/LEED certification reports: a growing requirement on any new project.