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Today we received the great news that IES R&D has been nominated in the “Best Early Stage innovation” category of the European Commission’s Innovation Radar Award 2017. The competition identifies Europe’s top future innovators and their innovations, and is voted for by the public online. Our NewTREND web tool for energy efficient retrofitting has been nominated alongside 9 others in the category. Voting is open until 15 October 2017 so please vote now.


Developed as part of the NewTREND EU H2020 funded project, the Data Manager supports teams in finding the best energy retrofitting strategy for their particular building by guiding them in the data collection phase. In particular, the Data Manager enables on site data collection and information exchange with the rest of the NewTREND platform, which allows evaluation of different design options at both the building and district level, including district schemes and shared renewables, and will present information on available financing schemes and applicable business models.

The development of the NewTREND platform is still ongoing, but it will soon be tested in three real renovation projects in Hungary, Finland and Spain. On the three demo sites, the involvement of the stakeholders in the design process will be evaluated, with specific activities dedicated to inhabitants and users. This validation will ensure the NewTREND platform addresses the needs of the energy retrofit market, after which the team aims to bring it to market as a cloud service for renovation projects.

Be a Zero Hero with Building Lifecycle Analyses

Posted: September 20, 2017 by , Category:Uncategorized

Circular Economy, Lifecycle Assessment and Embodied Carbon are phrases we are hearing more and more in today’s climate where it is more crucial than ever to save as much energy and costs for our clients. This year’s World Green Building Week theme is #OurHeroIsZero. Today, there is a big push towards net-zero carbon by governments around the globe trying to meet stringent carbon reduction targets. With buildings making up 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, the pressure on the building industry is increasing every day. The knock on effect is that clients are demanding more innovation, bigger and better savings and the best possible Voluntary Environmental Ratings (VERS), such as LEED and BREEAM, for their buildings.

Life-cycle thinking addresses major environmental impacts throughout the complete life cycle of a product, from extraction of raw materials, processing of those materials, manufacturing of the product, transportation, use and final disposal, reuse or recycling. In the UK and Europe manufacturers, regulators, and specifiers have long been using life-cycle information to improve their product selections and environmental profiles. LEED V4BREEAM international and many other VERS have been supporting Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) for some time now.

Going forward, the incorporation of Life Cycle Cost (LCC) and Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) is key to delivering improved whole-building performance, which incorporates both operational and embodied CO2 consideration to provide the most resource-efficient building overall and over time. To meet net-zero carbon targets it is imperative to consider the Buildings Lifecycle. It is therefore, more important than ever that people designing and constructing our buildings understand the theory and application of lifecycle modelling in practice and are able to assess the financial risk of energy and environmental factors affecting the performance of your buildings throughout their lifetime.

As part of World Green Building Week, IES are holding a free Faculty event in London with the aim to help you do just that. The event, ‘Understanding Green Building Economics’, will delve into the practical application of capital cost, lifecycle cost and environmental lifecycle modelling of buildings. In this unique instalment of our Faculty series, Dr Naghman Khan of IES will be joined by special guest speakers Andrew Thompson, Director at Savills UK Building & Project Consultancy, and Andrew Cooper, Director at EVORA EDGE. Andrew Thomson will be speaking on the topic “The Savills Flat White Index – The Case for Improving Wellness in Building Design Quality in London”. While Andrew Cooper will share his expertise on building lifecycle analysis, reviewing some of the recent projects he has been involved in to show how IES’ IMPACT tool can be used to determine capital costs, life cycle costs and life cycle assessment.

Our popular IES Faculty events provide an open forum in which building design professionals can come together to discuss and debate recent developments and current challenges faced by the industry. These interactive public sessions, led with presentations from key industry experts, provide the perfect setting to collaborate and exchange ideas with your fellow peers.

You can register for our FREE event via this link. And whilst you’re at it, why not take the opportunity to submit a question prior to the Faculty and we’ll do our best to report back during the seminar.


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