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Are you ready for Greenbuild 2014?

Posted: October 20, 2014 by , Category:events, LEED, Modeling

As we gear up for Greenbuild this week in the cultural hub that is New Orleans, we’re asking attendees ‘Are you ready?’  

With stricter code compliance regulations such as Title 24 coming into place and voluntary rating systems  like LEED V4 and ASHRAE Standard 189 introducing more stringent performance based pre-requisites, it is becoming clear that the industry needs to be ready to use a performance based simulation approach across the entire building lifecycle.

Code Compliance such as Title 24 and DOE Federal Incentives, based on ASHRAE 90.1 and ASHRAE 140 mean that demonstrating compliance in more and more states now require a model based performance approach rather than a prescriptive one. At the same time, LEED V4 is putting much more emphasis on performance across design, commissioning and verification and becomes the new standard June 2015.

This year at our stand (#1509) at Greenbuild we’ll be showcasing how users of IESVE can use their VE model across the entire building lifecycle, from demonstrating code compliance through operation and retrofit. IES is the only solution to provide this one model appropriate for all approach, allowing you to achieve LEED V4, Title 24, M&V and Commissioning, all through the same VE model.

We’ll also be launching our brand new ERGON Cloud service at Greenbuild, allowing users to import, manage and interrogate real building schedules and use them in VE simulations. Find out more here and avail of the 20 free credits on offer.

And we’ll be presenting an interactive demonstration of our IES TaP for LEED tool as part of ‘To infinity and beyond: A tour of LEED® Online and other project team support tools.’ The session will take place in the Interactive Lounge on Wednesday, 11:00 am-12:30 pm. You can register here and take advantage of our IES TaP for LEED 2 for 1 special offer by emailing sales@iestap.com or calling 404.806.2018.

Check out our Greenbuild ‘Are you ready’ social cards below and let us know you’re ready by connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. See you in New Orleans!

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Those are the words of former heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson. I think Mike could have been reflecting on how planning gets you half way there, but it’s the ability to then manage and adapt your plan that ultimately determines success.

But then again; maybe he was just talking about punching people in the face.

Let’s take the boxing analogy further here. Say your building design team is your prize fighter and the coveted LEED certification is your World Champion title. You need to be able to manage the design team and keep it in the best shape, in order to pre-empt and react to any (metaphorical) “punches in the face.”

When Integrated Environmental Solutions Limited answered USGBC’s call for technology partners, we set out to create something that set up project teams to handle any bumps in the road they came across. Enter, IES TaP for LEED, this project management tool manages, streamlines and informs throughout the certification process, all the time keeping the focus on achieving that desired LEED rating.

Accountability + Communication

With IES TaP, responsibility is assigned to each individual documentation requirement, not just responsibility for the credit, along with a date required, giving a greater level of management and tracking of the documentation gathering process.

IES TaP also automatically sends email notifications when documentation is uploaded, or is overdue, and project update notifications throughout the project keep the whole team up-to-date with the current progress of the project and their remaining responsibilities. Project updates happen in real time in the IES TaP collaboration portal and can be viewed at any stage during the project, so the whole team can see exactly what documentation is outstanding instantly, and which credits have been documented, at any point in time.

In a nutshell, we take a lot of the pain out of project management by holding team members accountable for completing their assignments, reminding them to complete their documentation, reminding them of due dates and keeping track of what each team member has already completed.

IES TaP directly populates rating system documentation requirements from USGBC online credit library, and with seamless integration with LEED Online and LEED forms for V4 and 2009 projects, you can make sure the project you submit becomes a contender and project teams can ‘box clever’.

If you want to find out more about IES TaP for LEED, check out our introduction movie, sign up for one of our free webinars and finally try the software first hand using our 30 day trial.

Taking the Stage at Greenbuild 2013

Posted: November 15, 2013 by , Category:events, LEED

IES presenting at Greenbuild 2013

When our team arrives in Philadelphia next week, they’ll be marking IES’s 10th year in a row at Greenbuild. In that time we’ve created a bunch of tools to streamline and assist the LEED certification process, we’ve covered 3 versions of the system {US, Canada and India}, we’ve

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become a LEED Automation Partner, we’ve been involved in the development of LEED V4, and our consulting team have worked on over 100 LEED projects worldwide. And just this week IES VP for North America Brenda Morawa was named in the USGBC’s 2013 class of LEED Fellows.

So this year to mark our 10th year at the show we’ve been selected to give two presentations that I’d like to fill you in on…

The two presentations we have been chosen to give are both in Greenbuild’s Special Set format. These sessions have only been running for four years, and are designed to invigorate traditional breakout sessions with alternative formats and new engaging environments featuring, unique stages, lighting and interactive presentation styles. You can see from the pic below that it’s not your average presentation format.

Special-Format

Taking the stage for IES will be Richard Quincey with his presentation ‘Next Generation Environmental Impact and Cost Analysis’ and Brenda Morawa and Todd Lukesh with their presentation ‘Next Generation LEED Measurement and Verification’.

Next Generation LEED Measurement and Verification {8 am, Nov 20 Wed}
Recent awardee of the USGBC’s LEED Fellow award, Brenda Morawa will take to the stage with recently appointed IES West Coast VP, Todd Lukesh to present to the audience on how you can leverage next generation developments in multi-dimensional modeling for whole building M&V assessment. Currently, the IPMVP calibrated simulation route to M&V is probably the least utilized – this session is concerned with this route and how to take it to the next level by using detailed BMS data across sub hourly time-steps.

Next Generation Environmental Impact and Cost Analysis {8 am, Nov 21 Thu}
Richard’s presentation focuses on the integration of Life Cycle Cost (LCC) & Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) into BIM. With the audience, he will investigate how to incorporate disconnected operational and embodied impact consideration to provide holistic resource-efficient buildings.

The session aims to provide practical hints and tips and engage the audience with an interactive Q&A session where they will hold up green and red cards to provide answers to questions they would have to consider when undertaking this type of analysis.

These sessions won’t be your only chance to meet the IES team next week. Liam Buckley of IES will be presenting “Studio CaseStudy: BIM Interoperability to Design for Zero Net Energy” at the Nemetschek Vectorworks booth #3456, from 10:15am to 10:45am on Wednesday.

As a USGBC LEED® Automation Partner, we also have a presence at the App Lab table in the LEED Certification Work Zone, Room 125, 100 Level. You’ll find us there on Wednesday, 9:30 am – 11:00am, showcasing our award winning online LEED project management tool IES TaP for LEED and offering one-to-one demos of the tool.

And of course there’s always the IES Booth, where our team will be happy to answer any questions you have, provide you with some of our awesome literature or give you a demo.

So ten years on. A lot has changed. But as you can see from the IES schedule some things stay the same; it’s going to be another busy week as we take to the stage at Greenbuild!

So as with every release our expert team of software development, QA, and Support guys have been working extremely hard to bring you a whole host of new features that will sweep you off your feet. There’s a small difference with this year’s release though… it’s been created especially for you, our loyal customers!

We’ve taken your feedback on board over the last year and we’ve focused on refining our core applications to build upon the power and flexibility of the VE for delivering resource efficient, low-energy buildings. We understand how important it is to have competitive advantage, so with this in mind we’ve introduced a series of new exciting improvements and time saving, enhanced reporting features across our core modules.

The core applications that we’ve enhanced include, ApacheSim, MacroFlo, VE-Gaia, ModelIt, ApacheHVAC and our VE-Navigator for ASHRAE 90.1 (LEED Energy). For a more detailed list of all the new features take a look at our VE2013 New Features document.

And as usual you can download the new version from our Download Centre. If you need any assistance, don’t be shy – email keys@iesve.com for help with your licence keys or its support@iesve.com for technical help. Happy downloading!

P.S For those of you waiting on our new VE-Navigator for LEED 2009, the beta version is now available for testing. Info on this is also available in the new features document (linked to above). If you’d like to trial this version, click HERE to drop us a line.

IES TaP for LEED launched at Greenbuild

Posted: December 13, 2012 by , Category:IES TaP, LEED

The dust has just about settled after another hectic Greenbuild. If you were there in person or following online, it’s clear to see that this is the biggest and most anticipated green building conference of the year for a reason — it creates an energy and atmosphere that brings out the best in our industry.

If you were following our countdown to Greenbuild on twitter you’ll know we had a lot planned across the 3 day conference in San Francisco — presentations, workshops and manning our booth were just the tip of the iceberg! The most exciting part of our time at the show for our team was the launch of IES TaP for LEED 2009, taking us a step closer to automating as much of the LEED process as we can. There’s always a buzz in the company when we launch a new product and having the opportunity to present it exclusively to attendees at Greenbuild added to it.

IES TaP, our collaboration portal for managing Green Building Ratings Online, has been further developed to support LEED 2009. IES TaP for LEED enables project administrators to manage and track the process of gathering all submittal documentation from Charrette to Certification — allowing responsibility to be allocated to the project team for each individual documentation requirement. With seamless integration into LEED Online, LEED Online Forms, and the USGBC Online Credit Library, IES TaP for LEED enhances the management of the whole LEED workflow.

Additionally, it can be used in conjunction with our VE-Navigators for LEED and ASHRAE 90.1 (LEED Energy). These tools do analysis calculations and create the required documentation via LEED online.

Our aim with IES TaP for LEED is to substantially reduce the amount of time required by users to make a LEED submission, which will then hopefully have the knock on effect of encouraging them to use some of that time to make the building a little more sustainable.

After our 9th visit to Greenbuild, it’s fantastic to see IES and our peers in the industry continually pushing ourselves to bring products like IES TaP for LEED to the industry. I wonder what new IES software development I’ll be talking about after next year’s conference…

If you want to find out more about IES TaP for LEED and how you can use it to streamline, manage and automate the LEED submission process, check out our introduction movie on YouTube or sign up to one of our free webinars here.

Countdown to Greenbuild 2012

Posted: November 8, 2012 by , Category:events, Green Building, LEED

All it takes is a quick look on Twitter using the #Greenbuild hashtag to see that not only is this the biggest green building conference in the world, but it’s also the event that brings out the most passion and creativity from within our industry.

If the green building industry had an Olympics; it would be Greenbuild. If we had a Woodstock; it would be Greenbuild. If we had a Cannes; it would be… ok I’ll stop now, you get the idea.

There is a lot going on every year at Greenbuild and this year is no exception. To find out what was planned for San Francisco and to get involved in the pre-Greenbuild conversation, we decided to create our “DaysToGB” twitter hashtag. Starting on October 14th, we’ve been using the hashtag to countdown the 30 days leading up to the main event next week.

But what have we learned counting down the days to Greenbuild? Quite a lot actually! We know the USGBC is coming full circle by heading back to its roots in San Fran and it’s an ideal location as it’s a city with green building high on the agenda. We’ve learned that attendees are spoiled for choice for what they can do with any spare time they can grab (film festival, walking tours etc), and also that this year’s event has more fantastic seminars and presentations then you could shake a stick at!

We’ve also been using #DaysToGB to share what IES have planned over the course of the conference. At booth #1732S, we’ll be sharing our recent innovations and developments which significantly help streamline and assist the LEED certification process. As a USGBC LEED Automation partner, we’ll be launching our new online LEED project management software and showcasing our software solutions for automated LEED performance credit assessments and sophisticated LEED Energy Modeling.

Our IES experts are also taking part in a number of educational presentations throughout the week; you should have at least one logged in your diary:

IS04A – Removing Barriers for International LEED Projects {Tues 13th Nov}
B06 – Energy Monitoring that Provides Meaningful Data AND Value {Wed 14th Nov}
LEED Automation Partner Presentation {Wed 14th Nov}
D13 – The Ghosts of Climate Past, Present, and Future {Thurs 15th Nov}

You can click here if you would like full details on the above sessions.

So what have you got planned for Greenbuild? There’s still time to tell us using the #DaysToGB hashtag or alternatively you can comment below.

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LEEDing the way to NeoCon East 2012

Posted: October 17, 2012 by , Category:events, LEED

This week I’ve headed stateside for NeoCon East 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Kicking off today and taking place over two days, NeoCon is the premier design exposition and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast. I’ve been invited to the conference to take part in a seminar (taking place on Thursday 1-2pm) with the USGBC to demonstrate the benefits of LEED Automation and how LEED Automation Partner software can streamline the LEED workflow.

At IES we’ve been designing & selling LEED Automation tools for almost 4 years. Our tools are specifically targeted to be used by architects and engineers throughout the entire building design process and are used to aide integrated design. It’s an approach that sits well with the LEED methodology. For the NeoCon seminar I will be presenting our three software tools that specifically help LEED accredited professionals: IES VE-Navigator for LEED, IES VE-Navigator for ASHRAE 90.1 and IES TaP for LEED (launching next month at Greenbuild). These tools provide three levels of benefits to the LEED professional:

– Credit assessments straight from your BIM model (no need to recreate geometry or data)
– Credit interpretation — the software interprets the results of the analysis and crucially the LEED methodology and provides output tailored for submission to LEED Online
– LEED Design Team management — streamlining time spent chasing and organizing your design teams responsibilities and submission material

The first tool IES is offering as a LEED Automation Partner is the IES VE-Navigator for LEED. This tool, targeted at both architects and engineers, at any stage in the design process enables the assessment of a number of common sustainable analysis topics — Daylighting, Thermal comfort, Water, Renewables and Sustainable Sites — and crucially interprets the results output from the analysis tool, and creating reportage suitable for use within LEED letter templates. The tool can be used for the following versions of LEED: LEED NC V2.2/V3, LEED SchoolsV1/V3 and LEED Core and Shell V2/V3 and can be used for Daylighting, Comfort, Water, Renewables and soon Sustainable Sites credits.

The second software tool that aligns with the LEED Automation partner program is the IES VE-Navigator for ASHRAE 90.1. This tool is an EPACT Approved (since 2009) LEED Energy modelling tool for Ea Credit 1. The functionality and approach of the ASHRAE 90.1 Navigator follows the same concept as the LEED Navigator, in that it simplifies and streamlines the use of analysis tools to create efficient ways of assessing the energy credit.

You may be already familiar with the tools above but the final part of my presentation will be taking a look at a new one; IES Tap for LEED. Following on from a successful BREEAM version of this tool, IES TaP for LEED is a Project Management tool. IES TaP allows you to streamline and keep control of the project team and the material required for a LEED submission. It allows you to access and track your LEED projects and evidence documents in one secure online location, increasing the efficiency across the project team and cutting down on time spent chasing people up! The benefits of this tool are numerous and include two way communication between IES TaP & LEED Online, IES TaP directly populates rating system documentation requirements from USGBC online credit library (so the IES TaP system is always up to date), Score Card Functionality to easily calculate your certification goal and current credit rating, and automatic email notifications to keep the team updated.

So that’s where we are as LEED Automation partners. A lot has been done to assist you with your LEED projects, with more in the pipeline. I look forward to seeing some of you in Baltimore tomorrow at 1:00-2:00pm, for what should be an interesting insight into LEED Automation.

Remember to stay tuned for the launch of IES TaP for LEED at GreenBuild.

I’ve just returned from a week-long trip to Glasgow, in bonnie Scotland – where it rained for an estimated 92% of the time! I’m happy to report that these damp days did not spoil my trip as I was in the city to finalise the deal that sees BVM Engineering become a new division of IES.

BVM Engineering, of whom I am the founder of, will now become the first base for IES in the southern states. We’re an experienced group of engineers and LEED APs that have accumulated many years of experience working on projects across the globe. Our skillset is one that will complement IES, and as highly experienced LEED consultants and LEED reviewers, we’d like to bring this practical experience to bear enhancing the current LEED capabilities of the <Virtual Environment> software.

Our expertise will also reinforce the work IES consultants currently undertake on behalf of their <Virtual Environment> software customers; supporting delivery of their client’s projects through a combined offering of consulting services, software support and training.

So what attracted us to join forces with IES? Well I have known IES CEO Don MacLean for over eight years now, and during that time our relationship has grown due to a shared

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passion for sustainable building design and a common vision for the essential role performance analysis plays in the process. I’ve also had eight years to get accustomed to the Scottish accent too… the food, however, is another story…

As you know, my sustainability practice has been rooted in building energy analysis (“modelling”) and I have been teaching for years that the way we analyse buildings, as a separate entity from the designer, has to change if we are to truly impact the sustainability of the built environment. The suite of analysis tools IES has and is developing, is intended to facilitate detail-appropriate analysis at all stages of design by the true ‘designers’ of the building. Hence, our move to join forces with IES!

As long term users of IES software we know a lot about the company and their culture, and it is one that we are all very excited about being part of. My new colleagues at the Glasgow HQ couldn’t have made me feel more welcome, and getting a chance to sit down with people across the company really opened my eyes at the exciting times ahead for IES in North America.

Well now that the boxes have been ticked and the deal has been done, it is time for the real work to begin. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on our progress…

Not just trends….Megatrends!

Posted: February 3, 2012 by , Category:LEED, Sustainability

2012 is going to be a great year! Just ask “the godfather of green” Jerry Yudelson. Builder magazine featured his 10 predictions for the next 12 (well, 11 now — where does the time go?) months.

Take a peek.

I’m particularly excited about #3 — LEED-EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance) Will Gain Momentum.
We’re going to see this move to other sectors,” he says, particularly among hotels with strong convention and meeting businesses who want to be able to market their eco-friendliness. Grocery stores, hospitals, and retail centers are moving in the same direction, with features such as solar panels on top of Walmarts or department stores. “Last month, President Obama and former President Clinton announced the Better Buildings Initiative. It’s only $4 billion, so it’s not huge. But still, this is stuff that moves markets. When you have two presidents pushing something, it does get people’s attention. More and more building owners are realizing that they don’t want to be late to the party.

As I mentioned earlier this week in my post, Congrats to the LEEDing states!, around the IES offices, we’re hoping 2012 is the year of LEED-EB: O&M. Let’s reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose…we’ve only got one Earth, and it’s getting pretty crowded.

What are your predictions for the rest of 2012?

Congrats to the LEEDing states!

Posted: January 31, 2012 by , Category:LEED

Earlier this month, the USGBC released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information.

Here’s the breakdown, courtesy of Buildings.

What I found most interesting in the article, though, was this fact.
In December 2011, USGBC announced that LEED-certified existing buildings outpaced their newly built counterparts by 15 million square feet on a cumulative basis. A focus on heightened building performance through green operations and maintenance is essential to cost-effectively driving improvements in the economy and the environment.

I had also stumbled across this article on TIME — LEED From Behind: Why We Should Focus on Greening Existing Buildings. The article states, “A study by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows building reuse almost always has fewer environmental impacts than new construction–which means we’d be smart to spend at least as much time renovating existing buildings as we do lionizing fancy new green construction.”

So while many new buildings are looking to go LEED at the onset of the project, I would like 2012 to be the year of LEED-EB: O&M. How can we as an industry put our knowledge and expertise towards making our world a more energy efficient place, using what we’ve already got?

It could be a sign of the times. The economy still isn’t great, so focusing on upgrading existing buildings rather than fronting cash for brand new buildings makes economic sense. And as USGBC gets ready to finalize the LEED 2012 standards, there is a chance there will be a revival in excitement for the rating system. What do you think? Can we make 2012 the year we focus on reusing buildings, so to speak?

In closing, I’ll leave you with the quote in the article that I think should be the mantra for 2012 building… “The greenest building is one that is already built.” -Carl Elefante

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