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Ecobuild 2017 kicks off tomorrow and we’re excited about what the show has in store. Positioned in a prime location right by the main conference stage, our team of experts will be on hand at stand F118 to talk you through and demonstrate all the latest exciting features of our newly launched VE 2017. As you may have already heard, this is our biggest release to date, with 25 major new features as well as many smaller enhancements. Stop by our stand for a more in depth look.

We’ll also be talking about our new services for Health & Wellbeing, helping you to achieve WELL™ Certification.  Our global Consulting team can assist you in enabling and embedding good practice Health and Wellbeing concepts in your projects and buildings, helping you achieve WELL Certification in the process.

As well as this, you can come by to find out more about one of our most anticipated features of VE 2017, our new Interoperability Navigator which provides a step-by-step process for importing your model from any drawing tool you are using into the IESVE for analysis. The Navigator is part of our BIM4Analysis end-to-end solution – a single platform that integrates with the BIM workflow to create and capture performance information during design, commissioning and operation of a building.

In addition to what’s going on at our stand, we are excited to have been chosen as one of the 5 finalists for this years’ Ecobuild and M&S Big Innovation Pitch. Our Managing Director, Dr Don McLean, will be taking to the stage tomorrow in the main conference theatre to pitch the IES Simulation Based Control tool to the judging panel. The event will be live on the main stage from 5pm. Get there early to get a seat!

Our team are also available for meetings throughout the week. Email sales@iesve.com to arrange a timeslot that suits you.

P.S If you haven’t already registered for Ecobuild, use this link to register for free.

cool-phase-imageAlready a month into 2014, the Christmas holidays a distant memory, and now only 4 weeks to go to the next big event on the horizon – Ecobuild in London.

With every Ecobuild comes the chance to find the best new products and services in the sustainable built environment. One such product that we’ll be telling people about at the ExCel in March is Monodraught’s Cool-phase system.

Cool-phase is a low energy cooling, ventilation and heat recovery system that reduces the running costs of buildings while creating a fresh and healthy indoor environment without compressors or hazardous coolants. The system uses intelligently controlled phase change material (PCM) to actively ventilate and cool buildings, maintaining temperatures within the comfort zone, while radically reducing energy consumption by up to 90% compared to conventional cooling systems.

cool-phase componentAt IES we were impressed with the new cool-phase system, so much so we decided to create a Cool-phase Performance Component within the Virtual Environment. Our Performance Components allow users to import pre-built assemblies into the Virtual Environment, providing a mix of geometry and thermal data as per manufacturer specification. We added these components to the VE to help architects and consultants deliver low maintenance, energy efficient designs within the built environment.

The Cool-phases systems are the latest edition to the Performance Components Library. Users can now apply the cool-phase systems to their model, assess the performance and energy savings on the building model and test different cool-phase systems in order to choose the best product for their specific building.

To get more insight into the Cool-phase systems and the Performance Component, you can join us at Ecobuild – we’ll be pitched up at stand N235 from the 4th – 6th of March, where we’ll also be joined by a member of the Monodraught team.

Stay tuned across our social channels for more Ecobuild updates.

Ecobuild 2013: The ‘IES’ Picture

Posted: March 15, 2013 by , Category:events, Sustainability

We’re finally getting a glimpse of normality again at the IES Glasgow HQ after what was another manic three days spent at this year’s Ecobuild.

The highlights over the three days included:

  • Unveiling our new exhibition stand (we hope you liked it if you dropped by)
  • Telling people about IMPACT, our unique new integrated approach to whole-building evaluation and ensuring the most sustainable solution regarding building cost, operational efficiency, budget and embodied environmental impact across the product’s life cycle is selected
  • Presenting IMPACT at the Innovation Zone and the UKGBC’s Green Dragons Den, and demoing the tools at the IMPACT seminar on Wednesday afternoon
  • Launching our New Smart Energy Management Consulting service, which will help our clients define and implement a measurable energy/carbon reduction strategy across their whole building portfolio
  • Launching Lessons, our website that supplies users with easy access to “lessons” learnt by construction professionals from their previous building design experiences
  • Meeting a Stormtrooper…

But apparently a picture speaks a thousand words so here is our time at Ecobuild in pictures, courtesy of our roaming team on the exhibition show floor…

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Niall at the Innovation Zone presenting our new IMPACT Compliant tools
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Niall presenting our IMPACT Compliant tools at the UKGBC’s green Dragon’s Den
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Niall getting grilled by the dragons at the UKGBC’s green Dragon’s Den
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Daniel Doran, BRE gets things started at the IMPACT seminar
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The Dulux dog goes nowhere without his VIP Pass...
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We’ve pledged our support for Climate Week at Ecobuild – have you?
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Ten Reasons to Visit IES at Ecobuild

Posted: March 1, 2013 by , Category:events, research, software

eb300x250exhibitorWith over 1,000 exhibitors at Ecobuild vying for your attention, here are ten reasons why you should take the time to come and meet the IES team at this year’s event…

1. The IES Sustainability Hub – One Year On: It’s now been a year since we brought our Sustainability Hub concept to the industry and this year we’re showcasing the successes of the Hub. At Stand N429 we’ll be demonstrating how our industry leading technology and expertise can give the ability to quantify, optimise and verify objectives through analysis, helping more rapidly deliver a sustainable future for our cities and buildings.

2. IMPACT Compliant Software Tools: Ecobuild will be your first chance to find out about our unique new integrated approach to whole-building evaluation and ensuring the most sustainable solution regarding building cost, operational efficiency, budget and embodied environmental impact across product’s life cycle is selected. The Life-cycle Assessment (LCA), Life-cycle Costing (LCC) and Capital Costing (CC) tools from IES now deliver these benefits direct from a BIM/CAD interoperable 3D model.

3. New Smart Energy Management Consulting: We’re also launching our new consulting service which will help you define and implement a measurable energy/carbon reduction strategy across your whole building portfolio. Come and see how our team can uncover hidden cost savings for your business.

4. Lessons Online Knowledge Sharing Platform: A website that supplies users with easy access to “lessons” learnt by construction professionals from their previous building design experiences – sounds good eh? Well that’s exactly what we’ve created with our new Lessons website. Sign up for free here.

5. IESVE for LEED®: Interested in our LEED® tools? Our experts will be on hand over the course of the three days to fill you in on our recent software and consulting developments which significantly help streamline and assist the LEED certification process.

6. IES TaP Updates: Heard of IES TaP? It takes the headache out of Green Building Ratings project management and submissions. You can now use IES TaP to streamline, manage and automate BREEAM, LEED, EcoHomes and Code for Sustainable Homes certification processes.

7. IES Research & Development: With ¼ of our turnover being invested in R&D, 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. Come by our stand to find out about these projects or to find out how to collaborate with us in the future.

8. Innovation Zone: We have been chosen to present our new IMPACT Compliant tool (listed above) at the Innovation Zone, the M&S sponsored competition for the best innovations in sustainability. Join us at Stand N630 to view this innovation and cast your vote in person. You can also vote online here.

9. Presentation at the Nemetschek Vectorworks Stand: Our BDM Sarah Graham will be presenting “BIM and the positive impact it can have on the design process with regard to measuring sustainability” at the Nemetschek Vectorworks Stand (N420) at the following times: Tuesday 5th March – 14:30 // Wednesday 6th March – 15:30 // Thursday 7th March – 14:00.

10. IMPACT Seminar: Head along to Seminar Room 5 on Wednesday 6th March (14:30-16:00) for the IMPACT Seminar that will be led by Daniel Doran of BRE and features a demonstration of IMPACT by Richard Quincey of IES. Add to your planner here.

IES TaP Logo2012 has been a very busy and eventful year — we’ve joined forces with IES, launched IES TaP at Ecobuild and continued on our mission to provide the most efficient environmental assessment tracking tool on the market.

So what exactly is TaP? IES TaP is an intelligent online project tracking solution that allows you to access and track all of your BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) projects and evidence documents in one secure online location, without having to rely on email or fax to manage the process.

This tool is the brainchild of Track a Project Ltd. The idea came from the desire to streamline the way in which the Assessor gathered evidence from the Design Team, a notoriously difficult and time consuming process! The concept popped into the head of one of our BREEAM Assessors during a typically long winded Pre-Assessment meeting. The usual array of architects, engineers, M & E consultants, contractors and Project Managers were assembled around the table.

Running through the laborious process of pen and paper, scribbling down which member of the team was responsible for which piece of evidence, trying to explain what was needed, knowing full well that once back in the office, it would all have to be typed up into an excel spreadsheet and emailed to everyone and would be out of date the minute you hit send!

That was the driving force behind the need for something new, something better. Track a Project was born and the rest, as they say is history!

A team of BREEAM and CSH Assessors set off developing the idea. Talented software programmers, with a background of working on some of the leading information portals on the market, were drafted in and the ideas of the team were quickly made reality.

Once operational, the tool was tested by our in house Assessors for over 12 months. The flaws were ironed out, features added and improvements made. Within weeks of the portal going live, positive feedback from our clients and design teams was pouring in. The impact was enormous. The time the tool was saving was phenomenal. The word was beginning to spread and we knew we had something special on our hands, something capable of revolutionising the Environmental Assessment process.

At that point, we realised this was too good to keep to ourselves, we knew we had to release it to everyone! Track a Project was officially released in October 2010.

With a growing customer base, initial take up of the system was good, however if the product was to explode, we needed more muscle and who better to join forces with than world leading environmental experts, IES Ltd.

Many nights of burning the midnight oil followed, Track a Project was streamlined even further and eventually, after months of collaboration, the new IES TaP portal was launched.

It was fantastic to finally present IES TaP to the industry, and there was no better place to do so, then at the Ecobuild conference at Excel London, in March. It was a manic few days that brought a conveyor belt of people to the IES Booth. We had the opportunity to demo IES TaP throughout the event and we spoke to a lot of interested assessors that wanted to know more about the tool.

So what can this tool do for BREEAM and CSH assessors?

Save time? Check.
Save money? Check.
Make assessments easier? Check.

As far as ticking boxes goes, we’d say IES TaP is pretty much on top of its game. But don’t take our word for it…

“Assessing BREEAM credits can be such a complicated process and this makes it so much easier to be organised. It keeps everyone in the team on the right track and ensures that we never miss our deadlines. It’s a feature that I’ve never seen before in any other tool making it by far

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the number one choice for me.” Andrew Matthews, Director of Vale Interiors Ltd.

“TaP has been an amazing assistant throughout our Code experience! It cuts the paperwork, the hassle and the timescale of passing on the relevant information to your code assessor! Fenwood Estates would recommend TaP to any company trying to achieve CSH whether it be a single plot to a multi-unit development!” Melissa Fennell, Development Director, Fenwood Estates.

So it’s onwards and upwards for IES TaP and this exciting new collaboration. We want to continue to provide the best project tracking tool to our customers in the UK, while also making plans to automate and streamline the process for building rating systems around the

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Last week was Ecobuild week, an important date in our annual calendar as it is for the rest of the industry. Everyone is there, or at least it certainly feels that way. Over the years I’ve seen it grow and this year not an inch was left unused at the Excel Centre. While I have attended EcoBuild over the years as a visitor, it was my first as an Exhibitor and I enjoyed the different angle of the event. Being the new boy at IES I was given the task to help setup our stand, not knowing what this entailed, I was full of confidence and enthusiasm. Little did I know…

I turned up on Monday and our stand had only just been built, but there is camaraderie at EcoBuild that encourages everyone to chip in. It wasn’t long before I found the decorators to paint the stand and the electricians to wire in power to get our lighting and computer demonstration pods up and running. People from all types of companies from all around the world were sharing duck tape, ladders, Stanley knives and hoovers, giving a real sense of positiveness. Maybe this a reflection on our industry currently, after so many years of challenging times due to lack of investment, maybe there is a sense of optimism that we’ve turned a corner, maybe it was the glorious weather or maybe both. After a long day on Monday setting up our stand, all was ready and awaiting for the opening on Tuesday.

I reached the Excel centre early on the Tuesday morning. It’s amazing the transformation that happened overnight; there were no more pallets, forklifts, carpets were down, and exhibitors had swapped their denim for shirts and ties, anxiously waiting for the doors to open at 10am. We had a very interesting stand this year, in fact we had three; our main stand (covering new releases and partnered alliances), Research stand (discussing all of our ground—breaking research projects) and our stand at the Innovation Zone.There’s a lot to talk about at IES, something we’re very proud of, and EcoBuild allows us to communicate all that’s going on to our customer base, which was received extremely well over the three days.

At our main stand we had representatives from Plancal, Monodraught, and Track a Project (IESTaP.com), and over the course of the 3 days I got to know our new commercial partners very well. Everyone was positive about the future and power that the partnerships can bring to the <Virtual Environment> and we were all encouraged by the hundreds of interested visitors that came our way. Clearly our partnerships went down very well and have set the building blocks for future developments. The visitor feedback assured us that we are following a direction that falls in line with what is required within the industry.

Before you know it, EcoBuild comes and goes. The three days were extremely busy and exhausting but I particularly enjoyed my time as an exhibitor. We packed up our stands and got the boxes ready for delivery back to IES HQ. But the work didn’t stop there; the following day I was back out meeting clients and following up on what seems a never ending list of actions. It’ll take me weeks to follow up on just three days at EcoBuild.

So the new boy has cut his teeth at EcoBuild and looks forward to the next exhibition with the same enthusiasm as he did when he arrived at the Excel centre on that Monday morning.

{You can follow Niall on Twitter here}

It’s that time of year again — the construction industry gets ready to flock to London for a three day event dedicated to creating a sustainable built environment.

Last year’s event attracted over 50,000 visitors, more than 13,000 exhibitors and 750 speakers. This year’s show promises to be even bigger! And just as Ecobuild is growing every year; so does IES and our presence at the event.  This time around our Ecobuild activity will be spread across 2 stands and the Innovation Zone. That’s right, you can run, but you can’t hide…

But why would you want to hide? We have loads of exciting news and updates to fill you in on…

  • At our main stand (N224) we’ll be launching IES TaP, which is a new online tracking tool for managing the evidence gathering process for BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) assessments. We’ll also be presenting a range of commercial partnerships with Daikin, Monodraught and Plancal and showcasing the new innovations that have come from these alliances. Find out more here.
  • Over on stand N221 we’ll be exhibiting our ground—breaking research projects. With approximately a third of our turnover going into research and development, this is an interesting part of what we have on show at Ecobuild. Drop by the stand to speak with our research experts and to find out about our latest research projects: OPTIMISE, VE-SCAN, IMPACT, THERM, VERYSCHOOL, LESSONS and EASEE. Find out more here.
  • We’ve been selected to present our new VE-Scan project at the Innovation Zone (N530). VE-SCAN is a state of the art tool from IES R&D that goes beyond the traditional use of building simulation at the design stage. It uses building simulation to substantially improve the operational performance of a building. Learn more about VE-SCAN here and cast your vote for your favourite innovation at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/innovationzone2012

We’re also looking forward to once again getting involved in the live Ecobuild tweeting and meet ups over the course of the three days. So much so that we’ve even come up with an exclusive special offer for our twitter followers. With our Twitter Loyalty Offer you will be able to get 25% off a package that includes our architectural analysis tool, VE-Gaia, and the VE-Navigator for BREEAM new customer package.  To qualify for this offer you will need to do the following…

1. Follow us on twitter — www.twitter.com/IESVE
2. Watch out for our daily Special Offer tweet during Ecobuild.
3. Retweet our Special Offer tweet.
4. Bring proof of the retweet to our stand and talk to one of our experts about VE-Gaia and the VE-Navigator for BREEAM.
5. Fill out our special offer form which gives you until the end of April 2012 to claim this fantastic promotion.

And finally, we realise we’ve been tweeting a lot of you over the last year without actually knowing what you look like. So if you are taking a photo of your team or something that has caught your eye at Ecobuild, remember to use our special photo hashtag – #ShowUsYourEcoFace

We’ll be sure to get the ball rolling on Tuesday…

 

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