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We’ve recently had the pleasure of being involved with the creation of the latest IET (Institute of Engineering Technology) technical briefing. Covering the “Challenges and Opportunities of Data-Driven Systems for Building, Community and City-Scale Applications”, it was right up our street.

Our R&D department invests a third of our turnover in looking to the future: on how digital technology can be used within a Smart Built Environment. Our belief is that Buildings, the main connectors between citizens, transport, energy, health, water and waste in a community, need to be at the core of a Smart City approach.

The Urban Lifecycle is critical to reducing energy costs and tackling climate change.

  • Smart Cities – clustering energy needs to create smart communities
  • Master Planning – driving a smart urban lifecycle
  • Building Control – making buildings as smart as our cars
  • Building Design – ensuring sustainable designs live up to expectation
  • Building Operation and Retrofit – getting existing buildings to stop wasting energy

Today, outcomes from our R&D department are already starting to make a difference. We’re using operational data and our unique SCAN technology to bridge the performance gap between design and operation; helping facilities managers reduce energy consumption. You can read the case study we produced for IET on the Proof of Concept study we did with Glasgow City Council here: http://www.theiet.org/sectors/built-environment/files/glasgow-cc-casestudy.cfm.

Data has always played a profound role in the decision-making and engineering management processes within the built environment, whether at building, community or city-scale. The IET Briefing which this case study is part of reviews the key challenges and opportunities for the application of digital technologies in the smart built environment – view it here: http://www.theiet.org/sectors/built-environment/resources/digital-technology.cfm.

We look forward to continuing to engage and raise awareness in this important field.

Why Renewable Energy isn’t the Solution

Posted : March 17, 2015 by Don

Our wasteful use of energy is catching up with us. Environmental disasters which usually happen once every hundred years are happening every year. And climate change, once considered an issue for future generations, has moved firmly into the present. The simple fact is: if we continue to emit heat-trapping gases from the burning of fossil […]

Building tuning has long been recognised as a critical method for improving the performance of existing buildings. However estimating the potential benefits of HVAC control adjustments can be difficult if you don’t have the right building simulation technology. A paper written by Dr Paul Bannister and Hongsen Zhang of Energy Action Pty Ltd (incorporating Energy […]

In this week’s blog post we go behind the scenes at IES and meet one of our software developers to find out what it’s like working at IES and being part of the team that creates the Virtual Environment. So everybody meet Tom, our Anglo-French software engineer who has been working at IES since July […]

BIM Long and Prosper (Infographic)

Posted : January 27, 2015 by John G

Ever wondered how many Trekkie and BIM puns you could squeeze into one infographic? Well as our marketing team and BIM experts figured out this week… it’s quite a few. We came to that conclusion after creating our light hearted new infographic illustrating BIM and Interoperability with the VE, which you can see in full […]

IES TaP Hall of Fame 2014

Posted : January 8, 2015 by Glenn Miles

2014 was an exciting year for IES TaP! A number of IES TaP managed projects were shortlisted for the 2014 BREEAM Awards, with one of them coming out on top to win the BREEAM Industrial Award: the inspirational Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery project managed by GWP. It was also the year we launched IES Tap […]

Are you ready for ESOS?

Posted : December 11, 2014 by David McEwan

IES Director, David McEwan explains why you need to be… There are still many companies that don’t have sustainability or energy management as a priority on their agendas. With new government regulations such as ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) emerging, they may find themselves scrambling to keep up and get on board fast. ESOS has […]

This month we welcome guest blogger Janet Beckett to the IES blog to reveal 5 things she’s learned from a “BIM on a BUDGET” project. Janet is a Low Carbon Consultant and Director at Carbon Saver UK. Our BIM on Budget story began a year ago when a local chap phoned us to ask about […]

Over the years the green agenda within building design has become increasingly important. It’s only until very recently that designers, and other construction colleagues, have had the technology and know how to validate how our buildings are performing in real terms in comparison to what was expected from the design stage. The results prove interesting […]

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