The world of low-carbon building design is set for an overhaul as two-year-old green software company Sefaira closes a £6.8m Series A funding round.

Led by New York-based Braemar Energy Ventures in partnership with Dutch-based Chrysalix SET and UK-based Hermes GPE, Sefaira will revolutionise the way architects, retrofit engineers and building owners work on green builds.

The new cloud-based energy efficiency software allows users to integrate measures that improve energy consumption and water use in the early stages of building design.

“Sefaira’s innovation in cloud-based data driven design brings a whole new level of analysis to the industry,” explained Mads Jensen, CEO of Sefaira.

“Through intuitive software, we aim to put the most powerful analysis in the hands of designers and decision-makers everywhere. Data driven design is all about making better decisions, which lead to better, more cost effective and greener buildings.”

Energy efficiency is currently a hot topic in the UK’s green building sector as Government pushes to increase consumers’ awareness of the way energy is used. To date these changes have come at a cost, as designing and retrofitting low and zero energy buildings has been a complex and capital intensive process. It is hoped that through new software solutions these measures will be easily incorporated in future.

In connection with the funding round, Neil S. Suslak, Managing Partner of Braemar Energy Ventures, and Rene Savelsberg, Managing Partner and CEO of Chrysalix SET, will join Sefaira’s Board of Directors.