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Here at IES we recognise the importance of supporting young talent within the industry. We are therefore delighted to be sponsoring a prize for the CIBSE Building Simulation Group Student Award 2015.
The annual competition, which has been running since 2012, is open to postgraduate students from the UK and overseas. Entrants must undertake a research project at Master’s level or equivalent in which the application of building simulation tools are a major element.
This year’s award focuses on projects which involve the application and development of advanced simulation techniques and/or software for predicting the performance of buildings and environmental control systems. The winner will receive £1,000, a 12-month unlimited laptop licence for the IES VE software suite and a place at one of our 3-day public training courses. All together this is a prize worth over £7,000! Two runners-up will also receive a £250 prize.
When it comes to our Virtual Environment software, we encourage all students to take advantage of our student licence offer which is available year round. Priced at just £50 (no more than you’d pay for most course books!), a student licence will provide access to all VE modules for a year.
In our quest to support the designers and engineers of the future we also offer heavily discounted licence rates to academic institutions for teaching purposes. As a result, the VE has now been adopted as one of the preferred performance analysis software tools by a number of universities and colleges worldwide, a recent example being the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University who intend to focus on the VE as one of two energy analysis software tools they will use exclusively in their curriculum. Click here to find out more about our student and academic offers.
If you would like to be considered for this year’s CIBSE BSG Award, expressions of interest must be submitted no later than Monday 31st August. Prospective candidates can download the full entry criteria and timescales here.
We can’t wait to see the winning submissions! In the meantime, read about last year’s winner here.
A new course at (MSA, www.fh-muenster.de), Germany, will show students studying architecture (MSc) how to optimise their designs using IES building simulation tools. Currently the course is in the planning phase, with the beginning of the next semester in October. Students will be taught about building performance keys to rate visual and thermal comfort in buildings, shading, energy demand and environmental impact. They will learn how to use the IES Revit plug-in and simulation tools to obtain those figures. This will allow these students to integrate a building climate and low carbon design optimisation as part of their project design process.