HVAC construction software company Trimble has purchased Sefaira Ltd., a cloud-based software developer for the design of sustainable, high-performance and zero-energy buildings, including those featuring green HVAC.

Terms were not disclosed.

The purchase expands Trimble’s design-build-operate portfolio.

Sefaira software analysis can be used with models created in SketchUp, Trimble’s flagship building design tool for architects and engineers, and models created in Autodesk Revit. Sefaira allows engineers and HVAC market contractors to derive and analyze HVAC construction designs from an architectural model.

“Architects rely on SketchUp to understand conceptual design choices and develop constructible models,” said Chris Keating, general manager of Trimble’s Architecture & Design Division. “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.”

Mads Jensen, CEO of Sefaira, said becoming part of Trimble is good for his company.

“Sefaira’s tools are already being used by designers at more than 500 firms globally,” Jensen said. “Joining forces 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."