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Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been contacted by a number of BREEAM Assessors who are looking for ways to boost their projects overall score and I found it interesting how many don’t realise the full number of credits available through analysis from IESVE.

The number of registered BREEAM projects continue to grow with resilience each year. With the BRE Environmental Assessment Method celebrating its 25th birthday, the numbers are staggering; globally there are more than 553,000 BREEAM certified developments, and almost 2,254,500 buildings registered for assessment, in over 70 countries since it was first launched in 1990. By any benchmark BREEAM is firmly placed in the construction industry.

In the UK, if you are working on a non-domestic building of any size the chances are that the project will be registered for BREEAM, and the work you are doing will influence the end result. Now, if you are reading this, then you are probably well aware of BREEAM and the role you will play in any particular assessment, either directly or otherwise, but did you know that 33% of BREEAM credits can be achieved using IESVE? *

Whether you are a BREEAM Assessor, or a consultant delivering credits, knowing which credits can be achieved can not only maximise the full potential of the projects BREEAM score but also generate additional revenue streams you may not currently benefit from. I’m not aware of any analysis tool which can deliver more credits.
If you are involved in BREEAM have a look at the following table to make sure you aren’t missing out attainable credits.

*For BREEAM UK NC 2014

Assessment issue Credit Description Credit score
Management
Man 02 Life cycle cost and service life planning 4
Man 05 Aftercare 2 +1 exemplary
Health & Wellbeing
Hea 01 Visual comfort 4
Hea 02 Indoor air quality 2
Hea 04 Thermal comfort 2
Energy
Ene 01 – Reduction of energy use and CO2 emissions 12 +5 exemplary
Ene 04 – Low carbon design 3
Ene 08 Energy efficient equipment 2
Materials
Mat 01 Life-cycle impacts 6 +2 exemplary

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Did you spot any? Worth thinking about existing projects you are working on and what additional services you could be offering. Another question I get asked often is what IESVE can do for other BREEAM assessments, for example BREEAM_NOR, BREEAM international, BREEAM Communities, and the answer is simple, yes you can use IESVE for a number of credits on all BREEAM Assessments, and for other environmental assessment methods such as LEED®, DGNB, WELL etc. If you would like to know more then please don’t hesitate to contact your local IES representative.

Using IESVE for BREEAM credit analysis in conjunction an online project management system allows you to make the BREEAM certification process even more efficient. IES TaP is a BRE Global approved, secure online portal for managing the evidence gathering and credit tracking process for BREEAM assessments. Using a system like IES TaP ultimately speeds up the evidence gathering process saving time and money, allowing you to realistically take on more projects over and above your current maximum.

BREEAM has enjoyed a prosperous 25 years and will no doubt continue to do so for the next 25 years. One element of this longevity for any assessment method is adapting to the market and alignment with complimentary assessment methods. The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) and BRE recently announced an agreement between the two organizations to pursue alignments between the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) and BREEAM that will make it easier for projects pursuing both standards. The crosswalk identifying the applicable credits between the two standards, is being done by WELL’s certifying body, Green Business Certification Inc., and BRE, and is expected to be completed in January 2017. Alignment between these assessment methods should help save time and costs, but ultimately help to deliver better, healthier, sustainable buildings.

Solutions like IESVE can help to maximise the full impact of under taking such assessments, by delivering the analysis and evidence required for credit attainment in as little time as possible. Rather than seeing the assessment as an addition to the core work, IESVE is able to integrate the analysis within a single model allowing you to not just validate but to undertake multiple studies to optimise the project for all aspects of its performance.

To read more about how IES can help you with your BREEAM assessment, visit http://www.iesve.com/software/breeam.

New IES customers can also take advantage of our limited time IESVE for BREEAM special offer.

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.

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As any BREEAM assessor will empathise, traditional reporting processes involving numerous spreadsheets and hard copy CD submissions can be somewhat laborious. Having spent countless hours in the past compiling my own excel based reports I knew there had to be a way of making assessment services more time and cost effective.

It has now been more than 4 years since we implemented the IES TaP project management tool at Encon Associates and I think it is safe to say that we wouldn’t still be providing BREEAM assessment as a service without it. Since we started using IES TaP we have seen the capacity of each of our BREEAM assessors triple, allowing us to take on more projects knowing that we won’t be hindered by the associated administrative tasks.

With the progress of each project tracked in real time it’s a huge benefit knowing that I can go into a client meeting knowing that I have the most up to date report, where previously it would have been just a snapshot in time. The ability to access all of our projects on site via an internet enabled device also means that our assessors can complete a live pre-assessment and carry out multiple BREEAM scenarios on site, saving precious time otherwise spent in the office.

We have now used IES TaP on a number of high profile projects and the response from our clients on how it benefits the whole process has been extremely positive. Recent projects we have worked on include the prestigious City Park 1 development in Aberdeen, Scotland – a £42million venture which will is set to achieve a BREEAM rating of Very Good – and Beatrice Tate School, which achieved an BREEAM Excellent rating of 80.47% and reached the shortlist of the 2015 BREEAM awards.

If you want to find out more about how IES TaP can help you, why not drop by the IES stand at Ecobuild for a quick chat or demonstration. In the meantime, you can read the full case study here.

IES TaP Hall of Fame 2014

Posted: January 8, 2015 by , Category:IES TaP

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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.
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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.
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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.

Sporting Sustainability

Posted: July 22, 2014 by , Category:IES TaP, Sustainability, Uncategorized


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With the World Cup ending and the Commonwealth Games just about to begin we thought it would be apt to take a brief look at how global sporting events are doing their bit for the environment…

Over the years sporting events across the globe have noticeably stepped up their game in terms of sustainability. The recent 2012 London Olympics boasted a saving of the equivalent of over 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide due to its sustainable practices, whilst the imminent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year, just last month received its certificate for achieving ISO 20121, the international standard for Sustainable Event Management, confirming its commitment to be a truly sustainable Commonwealth Games.

This year’s FIFA World Cup was no exception with the final match being powered purely by solar energy. And the lights certainly didn’t go out on Germany. Not only were they victorious in winning the Cup, the country has shown a true commitment to the world’s sustainability agenda by recently announcing its investment in the 100 Smart Cities initiative in India.

And looking on to the next World Cup to be held in Russia, plans are already under way to raise the bar for sustainable construction design in the country by designing stadiums to BREEAM standard. Using state of the art cloud-based project management technology IES TaP, three of the stadiums (Samara, Volgograd and Nizhny Novgorod) are on track to achieve BREEAM ratings. BREEAM expert, Glenn Miles recently wrote an interesting article on the benefits of using project management systems as opposed to traditional methods, which you can read here.

It’s encouraging to see that such large scale, global events are putting sustainability at the top of their agendas. These events affect and reach millions of people and it is important that the messages on protecting the environment are promoted as much as possible. It’s clear that everyone is still not fully aware of the dangers of climate change and the more that is done to raise awareness and encourage people to be more responsible towards the environment, the more chance we have of mitigating the potentially devastating effects.

If you’ve been following the IES TaP twitter feed you’ll have noticed we’ve been posting some of the BREEAM 2014 changes that will come into affect when the new scheme launches this week. Following the biggest consultation BRE have ever undertaken, the scheme has been tweaked based on substantial user feedback. Because of this research, I see 2014 as being a more natural evolution of the scheme, rather than the severe changeover that took place for 2011. Most changes shouldn’t affect assessors and design teams too much, but I’ll use this blog post to highlight one of the changes that I think is worth noting.

The biggest potential banana skin I can see with the new scheme is the way that evidence is conveyed. With BREEAM 2014, BRE do not specify the exact evidence anymore, instead making it more generic by specifying general evidence types. I can see that BRE are trying to make it easier for the design team to collate evidence for an assessment, by not having to create BREEAM specific evidence for each credit. In doing that, I think it may actually make it harder for the design team as it doesn’t spell out exactly what they need to provide, and for the assessor as they would need to determine which general evidence types apply to each credit.  IESTaP was created to ensure the design team know exactly what evidence they need to provide and this continues with the introduction of the BREEAM 2014.

Take Wat 01 for instance; BRE specify that the design team provide ‘One or more of the appropriate evidence types listed in the BREEAM evidential requirements’. But what specific type of evidence would meet the requirements? This would be a bit general for my liking; I’d prefer something along the lines of ‘Potable water and sanitaryware specification including flows’ to explain to the design team member what is actually required. By doing so this will reduce the input from the assessor and unnecessary questions from the design team asking ‘What exactly do I need to provide’. And that’s why I think it will prove a lot more difficult to assess without products like IES TaP.

For the 2014 update, BRE are removing specific evidence, but with IES TaP the assessor still has the option to allocate the specific evidence to the design team to avoid confusion and ensure the team know exactly what needs to be provided. IES TaP includes a standard evidence template which highlights the specific evidence needed for each credit. Want to create your own template? That’s easy too. IES TaP has been designed to allow the assessor to create their own evidence template for any given project, allowing for fully customisable evidence according to your project.

Flexible evidence requirements have been added to IES TaP for BREEAM 2014, which will be launching this week. This new version of our project management system will support BREEAM 2014 New Construction and Simple Buildings, the new Shell only and Shell & core only options.

We’ve also created an interface with the 4Projects by Viewpoint® system. Where documentation already exists in 4Projects, the direct upload of information to IES TaP helps to reduce workload and uploading of evidence more than once.

Another useful new feature will be our new project BREEAM score card. Similar to our LEED® score card, it makes it quicker to undertake a pre assessment, providing quick and powerful access to the whole project in one page.

So BREEAM is changing and so is IES TaP. If you’re already an IES TaP user, we hope these updates free up more time for you and your team. And for those of you who have yet to try it out? Well head over to our website and sign up to a free webinar and get yourself a free trial.

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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.

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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Lights.. Camera.. Action! Our BDM Sarah getting interviewed at Ecobuild
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Niall at the Innovation Zone presenting our new IMPACT Compliant tools
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Niall at the Innovation Zone presenting our new IMPACT Compliant tools
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Sarah presenting at the Vectorworks Stand
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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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Nothing says BIM like a Stormtrooper…
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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 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.

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