In a similar fashion to ASHRAE’s LowDown Showdown competition, in which we blogged about our victory last month, a student competition has been launched in Africa that will see university teams from English-speaking Africa compete to improve the performance of a small building located on South Africa’s most famous street. Vilakazi Street, Orland West is renowned for being home to two Nobel Laureates – Archbishop Tutu and Nelson Mandela.

IES is a key sponsor of the competition, providing the software tools for one of the teams to take part in the competition and also providing prizes for the winning team and the University that they attend. IES Business Development Manager, Jeanne Parker-Weekes will be mentoring team IES throughout the competition as they compete to improve the performance of the building which is based on the original 1944 design that was used for houses on Vilakazi street. Key factors influencing the judges’ decision are:

  • accurate and intelligent use of building simulation
  • most important are the thermal and visual comfort of the occupants
  • indoor air quality criteria must be met (CO2 levels or air changes per hour)
  • the simultaneous demand and production of on-site energy (load matching)

Drawings and partially completed models will be made available to teams to speed the simulation process and lighten the load. Prizes will be awarded for a range of achievements. Software from BSIMAC, DesignBuilder, and IES will be made available for use in the competition.

The aim is to provide a competitive forum for student members of the Southern and East African Architectural and Engineering Community. It is expected that tutors of relevant courses in Universities in Africa could use this as part of their teaching material or as a case study in environmental and sustainability building design.

Entries will be judged by a Panel of judges headed up by Dr Dru Crawley and members of IBPSA and the CIBSE Building Simulation Groups. The results will be finalised in September 2016 and announced at the IBPSA-England Building Simulation and Optimization Conference (12 Sept 2016) and the awards will be made at the SAEE Conference (Nov 2016). Details will be posted on the SAEE, IBPSA, SAIEE and CIBSE Websites. IES will provide free software licences to the winning teams as well as the university they study at.

EINSTEIN, one of our funded Research and Development projects is nearing the end of its second year, bringing us to the half way mark. And excitingly we’re starting to see some really interesting results. EINSTEIN is a Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) project, where knowledge is shared between Industry and Academic partners through […]

So the 5th December deadline is now less than 20 working days away! And our conversations with Lead Assessors seem to indicate a last minute rush to sign up Assessors and get projects started. This rush, perhaps caused by the Environment Agency’s (EA’s) recent communication to all organisations expected to be compliant, seems to suggest that […]

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What story will your building tell?

Posted : November 3, 2015 by Suzanne

We’re very proud that our award winning Virtual Environment (VE) software is used in over 140 countries across the globe, helping to create tens of thousands of sustainable buildings. Every one of these buildings has a sustainable story to tell and we have a great selection of these stories showcased on our website. For this […]

Making Smart Cities Affordable

Posted : October 28, 2015 by Don

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The ASHRAE LowDown Showdown – We Won!

Posted : October 14, 2015 by Liam

  You may remember we blogged back in August about our participation in the ASHRAE LowDown Showdown competition. Well, we have some great news… Team IES won the Best Energy Use Results category! Liam Buckley coached the winning team, fighting off competition from seven other practitioner teams, representing software-specific tools from: Autodesk, Carrier, DesignBuilder, eQUEST, […]

As promised by the EA, it’s revised Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance has now been published. See Section E for the additional details on ESOS https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environment-agency-enforcement-and-sanctions-statement#history. There is also a new section 9.1 in the ESOS Compliance Guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/466515/LIT_10094.pdf What’s good is that while the EA is acknowledging that there may be instances where organisations are […]

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