Best New Features in Lumion 9

Lumion 9 features

Every year, the technology and tools architects use get better and better, especially rendering programs. Lumion 9 introduces some new features that will add even more life and detail to your work. Today we’re going to cover some of our favorite new features and how you can easily use them to take your renderings to the next level!


The first new feature is adding snow. Lumion 8.5 had this feature already, but the level of accuracy is much more precise in Lumion 9. Now, you can have a blanket of freshly fallen snow outside without it affecting the interior of your building.

Lumion 9 snow

Add effects > Weather and climate > Precipitation. Navigate to the precipitation tab and use the “rain/snow” slider to control the level of precipitation you would like in your rendering. The “block bias” slider allows you to change the amount of snow coverage. This will prevent you from seeing snow in the interior- unless you set it too high!

Lumion 9 snow block bias

Real Skies

Another versatile feature is the addition of real skies. There are a variety of weather climates you can select to set the mood of your rendering.

Lumion 9 skies

Add effects > Real skies. You can choose between cloudy, evening, morning, overcast, sunset, or clear. Use the sliders on the left to alter the location and brightness. This will also affect the overall lighting in your rendering.

New Models

Lumion 9 also introduces the addition of many new models. There are new people doing activities such as riding bikes. There is also a much larger library in “kitchen,” featuring many cabinetry and cooktop options. No more importing models, you can now build a kitchen from scratch right in Lumion!

Lumion 9 new models


This next one may just be our favorite- grass! You can apply a material to a modeled landscape to create the appearance of realistic grass. Click on the landscape you wish to change.

Material library > Nature > 3D grass. Double click on the thumbnail to further customize the material. For example, “bending force” and “gravity force” change which direction the blades of grass are going. Or use “size” and “length” to change how tall the grass is. Change the colorization by clicking on the RGB button next to properties.

Lumion 9 grass material library

You can now instantly have a realistic landscape without having to use bump maps or clusters of grass!

Lumion 9 rendered grass


Similar to the snow effect, you can now add rain to your renderings.

Add effect > Weather and climate > Precipitation. In a video, you can see the rain drops and hear them softly landing on the roof. The “precipitation phase” slider allows you to change the level of wetness on the ground. This allows you to customize how long the rain has been falling and change how wet the ground is. This feature can certainly create a moody atmosphere for your rendering or video animation.

Lumion 9 rain


This one is similar to the grass feature, but for interior items! You can now add fur to accessories such as blankets. The material is located under “nature.”

Material library > Nature > Fur. You can select a preset or double click on the thumbnail to customize the material properties. Adjusting qualities like “fur size” and “roughness” will give the object a tactile appearance, adding depth and detail to your rendering.

Lumion 9 fur

User Interface and Cluster Placement

The last feature we’re going to highlight makes using the menu and placing clusters of objects much faster and easier. The menu is much more opaque than past versions and you can now select “cluster placement” to place a small group of objects. Cluster placement was an option in previous editions of lumion but required you to know about a shortcut. The cluster button makes it super intuitive. When using cluster placement, small boxes will appear around the cursor to indicate where the objects will be placed. This is a great way to quickly create a forest of trees or landscaped garden.

Lumion 9 menu
Lumion 9 cluster placement

And there you have it- our favorite new features in Lumion 9. We hope you will use some of these tricks to make you renderings even better than before! What is your favorite new feature? Let us know in the comments!


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  10. Scott March 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Taking this test on Saturday. Last 4.0 exam to complete for the trio, then on to 5.0. This site is my go-to place when organizing what materials I’ll be studying

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  18. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  19. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  20. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  21. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  22. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  23. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  24. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  25. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #


    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.


  26. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  27. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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