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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.
We’re proud to announce that Megan Tosh, Product Manager at IES, has received the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes those that have served ASHRAE faithfully and with distinction and who have given freely of their time and talent in chapter, regional and Society activities. Megan was one of the 56 members recognized at the recent 2017 Long Beach Annual Conference.
Previously awarded a Regional Award of Merit and Chapter Service Award, Megan is a long standing member of ASHRAE and has been involved with the Society since graduating with a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Upon graduation, Megan began volunteering with the Central Florida Chapter of ASHRAE as Student Activities Chair. She had participated in the ASHRAE Student Design Competition herself, and was grateful for the opportunity to share her exposure to the HVAC&R industry with fellow UCF engineers. Eventually, Megan served as Chapter President in Central Florida after enjoying other volunteer roles with the Chapter, including serving on the Host Committee for the 2010 Winter Meeting.
In 2010, Megan joined the YEA Committee, participating in organizing the successful YEA Leadership Weekends and expanding the program beyond North America. She later served as chair of the committee from 2014 – 2015.
Megan also served as Atlanta Chapter Vice-President and Student Activities Regional Vice Chair in Region IV for 2 years. She is currently a consultant on the Student Activities Committee and the Vice Chair of the Electronic Communications Committee. Megan is a contributor to the forthcoming ASHRAE Design Guide for Air Terminal Units.
“I’m delighted to have received the Distinguished Service Award. It’s been fantastic to work with like-minded individuals to serve ASHRAE, advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment.”
Megan Tosh, Product Manager, IES
At IES We pride ourselves in hiring people who are committed to sustainability and passionate about what we do. And in turn we offer a flexible and supportive working environment and the opportunity to work with a team of friendly, interesting and diverse people from across the globe. If IES sounds like a place you’d like to work, then keep an eye on our vacancies and follow @IESCareers on twitter. You can also send in a speculative CV to email@example.com.
We are delighted to announce that our latest software release – VE2017 – has been shortlisted in the Digital Efficiency Initiative of the Year category of this year’s Building Awards!
The Building Awards are one of the industry’s longest running and most prestigious awards, established to recognise excellence and allow companies to hold up their achievements as an example to others in the building sector. The Digital Efficiency Initiative of the Year category – new to this year’s awards – has been launched in recognition of organisations that are driving greater business efficiency through the adoption of digital technologies.
If you haven’t already checked it out, you can find out all about the great new tools and features in VE2017 here. With headline features including our new Parametric Tool, optimisation tool Hone, and new Python Scripting capability (to name just a few), VE2017 brings to the market a number of innovative new software tools which can significantly enhance productivity, optimise sustainable building design and save money.
Best of luck to all our customers and peers who have also been shortlisted for an award! Winners will be revealed at a ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 7th November 2017 – we can’t wait to hear the results!
Once again, IES is proud to be sponsoring the CIBSE Building Simulation Group Award, an annual competition open to postgraduate students from the UK and overseas for the best research project undertaken at Master’s level or equivalent to incorporate the application of building simulation tools.
The Awards will be announced at the CIBSE Building Simulation Group’s next event which is due to take place in London tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8th February). The fully booked event will comprise of a seminar on the topic of ‘Overheating risk assessment simulation and methodologies for buildings’, during which the winners will also be presented their awards by IES’ own Naghman Khan, Secretary of the CIBSE Building Simulation Group.
The winning thesis will be awarded a £1,000 cash prize, a full VE-Pro software licence for one year and a place on one of our 3-day public training events. Two runners up will receive a £250 cash prize, also sponsored by IES.
Watch out for details of this year’s winning submissions appearing on the CIBSE Building Simulation Group Award page after tomorrow’s event, where you can also read more about previous winners of this prestigious student award. Any students interested in entering next year’s awards should also watch out for details of the next challenge being posted on the CIBSE BSG Award page in due course.
They say all good things come in threes and that certainly seems to be the case for us here at IES right now as we recently found out that we have been shortlisted for – not just one – but three awards!
We are delighted to announce our place as finalists in the following award categories:
VIBES Awards 2016 – Environmental Product or Service Award
The VIBES Environmental Product or Service Award recognises businesses that have developed, or are developing, a product or service that brings notable environmental and business benefits. Our Virtual Environment software and consulting services are currently under consideration and we look forward to welcoming the VIBES judges to our office in the coming weeks for the final stage in the judging process. The winning entries will be announced at the VIBES Award ceremony on 8th November 2016. You can read more at: http://www.vibes.org.uk/news/2016/scotland-s-greenest-businesses-make-the-cut-for-vibes-final/
Glasgow Business Awards 2016 – Creative Marketing Award
You may have read about our awards success earlier in the year when we overcame stiff competition to win the H&V BIM Initiative of the Year Award with our BIM4Analysis campaign. We are thrilled that the campaign has now been shortlisted for a second accolade – this time in the Creative Marketing category of this year’s Glasgow Business Awards! Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel on Thursday 6th October 2016. View the full shortlist here: http://www.glasgowchamberofcommerce.com/glasgow-business-awards/2016-shortlist/
Inspiring City Awards 2016 – Environmental Award
The Inspiring City Awards aim to give recognition to individuals, businesses and organisations who have gone beyond the call of duty to encourage, mentor and support investment and growth in Glasgow. IES have been shortlisted in the Environmental Award category which recognises outstanding contribution to enhance Glasgow’s environment and/or combat climate change within the country. Winners will be announced at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow on 8th September 2016. Read more about this year’s awards here: http://newsquestscotlandevents.com/events/inspiring-city-awards/
Wish us luck!
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.
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 for LEED v4, and a huge number of projects were successfully certified under the LEED and BREEAM rating systems.
This year we are very pleased to announce that three IES TaP managed projects have been shortlisted for the BREEAM Awards 2015. The shortlists for the BREEAM Awards 2015 are comprised of an extraordinary variety of inspirational buildings. Here’s a little bit about each of the IES TaP managed projects nominated…
Beatrice Tate School, Tower Hamlets, London
A Bouygues UK project, the Beatrice Tate School is a co-educational special school for pupils aged eleven to nineteen with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties. The school accommodates 75 pupils within a new facility across three floors on a constrained site in Mile End with a GIFA of 3004m² on a 4600m² site. The design for the new school provides a compact plan with a social hub at the heart of the new school. The school has been designed considering sustainability and environmental credentials from the outset by ensuring the building meets the stringent London Plan guidelines of a 40% reduction in CO2 over Building Regulations. The school has met the requirements for a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating narrowly missing out on an ‘Outstanding’ rating under the 2011 regulations.
University of Hertfordshire Phase 1 Student Accommodation Buildings
Another Bouygues UK project, this student accommodation scheme comprises 2,511 new student bedrooms in a variety of formats (studios, cluster flats and town houses, up to a maximum of six storeys) which will be built across three phases. In addition to the accommodation blocks, Phase 1 has an energy centre (which will provide CHP for the whole site) and a social Hub building, along with external sports pitches. The Scheme is set to be a market leader in sustainability representing an exciting first in its sector. The new buildings will achieve a ‘True’ Zero Carbon accreditation and meet BREEAM Outstanding requirements under the 2011 regulations.
Lees Medical Practice, Oldham
Lees Medical Practice is a new visionary and highly-sustainable 800sq m medical centre situated in Lees, Oldham. The building has been pre-assessed as achieving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating as well as receiving an impressive EPC ‘A’ Rating of 12. It utilises a series of innovative and sustainable solutions, which ensure a comfortable environment for patients and employees throughout the year without the need for air conditioning or traditional fossil-fuelled heating systems. The medical centre is designed and orientated to ensure maximum benefit from the 50kW solar panel array installed on the roof. This generates a significant proportion of the building’s power requirements and reduces the CO² emissions.
Online Tracker Systems
Online tracker systems such as IES TaP make it easier for construction professionals to incorporate environmental assessment methods such as LEED and BREEAM into their building projects. They equip users with a new and easier way of working that saves time, costs and increases productivity. I recently wrote article on the benefits of using project management systems as opposed to traditional methods, which you can read here.
The winners of the BREEAM Awards 2015 will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 3rd March at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square. Good luck to all the nominees, and to all those who will be involved in the next ground breaking projects that will lead the way in this coming year.
For more information on IES TaP and to download a FREE Trial visit www.iestap.com.
This week our Founder and Managing Director, Don McLean was announced as one of fourteen nominations for Building4Change’s Stars of Building Science Awards.
So what makes a Star of Building Science? Well according to Building4Change, it’s somebody who is promoting the very best in building science to improve the quality, sustainability and resilience of the built environment, and ultimately to make people’s lives better. Needless to say, we think Don fits the bill…
Don founded IES in 1994 and since then has grown it into a successful business and research base, providing innovative performance analysis technologies at the cutting edge of building science. Don’s passion for sustainable building analysis and his vision for creating better performing buildings and cities that consume less energy has been the key to his success.
Pre-IES building performance technology was too complex to use and remained in the hands of academics making very little impact on mainstream commercial design. Recognising this, Don saw this opportunity and in the late 1990’s released the first major commercial version of the Virtual Environment software suite.
Since then Don has invested heavily in Research and Development, constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in building performance analysis and promoting integrated working partnerships between all those involved in building design to create more sustainable buildings and
If, like us, you believe that Don should be recognised as a star of Building Science, then you can vote by emailing your selected nominee to Building4change@bre.co.uk. Voting will remain open for six more weeks, when they will announce the list of the top scorers, who together will form a virtual academy of scientific excellence.
It’s always good to get recognition from the industry for the products/services we bring to the market – it’s even better getting it for one of our Research & Development projects that is yet to be officially released. That’s what happened this month at the Rushlight Awards when our work on, THERM, was commended in the Energy Efficiency category (the 2nd most entered category of the night).
THERM (THrough-life Energy and Resource Modelling) is a software tool for sustainable manufacturing, which integrates modelling of factory processes within their environment, assesses the materials, energy and waste of the processes and uses data analysis tools to understand the opportunities that exist for reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, integrated with the factory building.
THERM is one of several IES Research projects currently coming to successful completion. Funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board, the THERM team consisted of IES, Toyota, Airbus, Cranfield and DeMontfort University. With UK
manufacturing accounting for 23% of UK producer carbon dioxide emissions (Defra, 2008), the THERM project was created to solve the demand for manufacturing to become low-carbon and resource efficient.
THERM addresses this issue through the examination of sustainable manufacturing practices and the ability to model and understand what is possible. Currently, no ‘tools’ in regular use assess environmental performance, identify improvement areas and help suggest concrete actions. The final prototype tool has been tested at Airbus and Toyota pilot sites to significant success – figures confidential sorry guys!
Research is now very much at the heart of what we do at IES. We are successfully involved in 10 publicly funded research projects: 4 from the Technology Strategy Board in the UK; 2 from SMART Scotland; 1 CIP-PSP and 3 FP7-PPP projects from Europe. We have also just won 6 new European FP7 grant submissions to add to our ongoing Research and Development work.
With ¼ of our turnover being invested in R&D, watch this space for more envelope pushing tools like THERM coming from IES – and hopefully more recognition from award ceremonies like Rushlight too.
Are you watching closely? Turns out, the new take on the gold, silver and bronze medals is more than just a funky new shape. In an effort to reduce electronic waste, each medal was made with a tiny bit of the more than 140,000 tons of e-waste that otherwise would have been sent to Canadian landfills. And that’s not the only eco-friendly thing about the 2010 winter games.
The Olympic Village in Vancouver has received LEED certification. According to The Vancouver Sun, “The athletes’ village in Vancouver’s southeast False Creek can now be called the greenest community in the North America – possibly the world – Mayor Gregor Robertson said Tuesday morning, as he announced the entire neighbourhood had received a certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.”
Yesterday, “Platinum certification was awarded to the $1-billion, 32-hectare South East False Creek neighbourhood development project based on a variety of factors including its proximity to the downtown core, affordable housing, green buildings and habitat restoration. The Olympic Village is the second development in the world to receive Platinum certification.”
Some of the examples of the design elements of the buildings throughout the athletes’ village are green roofs, cisterns to catch rainwater, passive solar design, upgraded insulation and windows as well as carpets and paint with low or no VOC.
When the announcement was made on Tuesday, USGBC chair Tim Cole called the athletes’ village a “remarkable example” of what is possible.
Lance Hosey, in his Op-Eco blog, looks over the sustainability claims by Olympic organizers that the Vancouver games are “the greenest games ever.” Supposedly, various forms of waste mitigation and energy efficiency will take down the games’ carbon output by 15 percent. But the land-grading methods used to make ski slopes at Whistler are among the most permanently destructive. And, of course, the organizers can’t help it if the air travel involved in bringing people to the games amounts to the annual belchings of 30,000 cars.