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IES TaP for LEEDIn our last article on project management, we called upon the famous words of Mike Tyson to discuss design team management and achieving your desired certification.

This time we’ll put our boxing analogies aside and instead focus on the insight and knowledge of the team behind IES TaP, our online project management system. They’ve come together to create these five tips for successful management of the LEED® certification process.

1) Plan to succeed

It is important that at the very beginning of the project, the certification goal is identified, measured and communicated effectively to the design team. As simple as this sounds, there is a lot of value in having conversations to make sure everyone is on the same page about the goal and how to get there (realistically).

In the planning stages, it is important to target credits and measure the likelihood of achieving the points within those credits. And yes, IES has a tool for that. IES TaP allows the user to simulate/test multiple scenarios and helps inform the right approach to take on the project to achieve the desired certification goal.

2) Closely monitor progress

It is essential to keep close track of your LEED projects at all times, watching for any issues that may cause a setback to your project achieving its certification goal. Unplanned hiccups hold projects back. Having an understanding of how these mid-project adjustments affect the projects as a whole can mean the difference between earning LEED Gold and Platinum status.

The visual dashboard incorporated in IES TaP allows you to see all of your current projects in one place and monitor their progress toward certification in real time. At the individual project level, you can also view the credit and documentation progress per section and monitor the progress of individual team member responsibilities.

3) Communication is key

The project team must communicate and collaborate well as they work toward achieving the project certification goal, ideally while being managed by an experienced LEED AP. It is important that the project team is clear on their individual responsibilities and the progress the project is making and have the ability to highlight where there may be input from other team members or the project LEED AP required.

IES TaP provides a breakdown of the individual documentation requirements and allows each requirement to be allocated to a team member. With automatic e-mail reminders for project team responsibilities, everyone on the team is kept aware of what is required of them in order to submit the project for certification on time, giving the project manager one less thing to think about. If someone on the project team is not pulling their weight, there is a helpful project notification that the project manager can send which contains all the pertinent information of the project status and team member responsibilities. Everyone knows who has to provide what and by when.

4) Know your credits

Make sure all team members have the relevant guidance from the USGBC on hand, filtered so that the relevant information is available for the credit being worked on.

IES TaP gives you access to the USGBC credit library at credit level, access to LEED Online forms and real-time synchronization with LEED Online. LEED APs can also supply specific guidance on the credit to assist team members through the public commenting system or create additional custom requirements and assign responsibilities as needed.

5) Work smarter, not harder

Make sure the engagement with LEED requirements is no more onerous for the project team than it needs to be. The benefit of using a tool like IES TaP is the ability to cut down the project management workload, helping the design team work in as smart a way as possible.

To find out more about IES TaP for LEED, check out our new IES TaP for LEED video, sign up for one of our free webinars and try the software firsthand using our 30-day trial.

This article was originally published on the USGBC website.

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!

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.

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.

 

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