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scotland_america_flagScotland has given the world many things – the telephone, the television, Scotch whisky, Irn Bru, tartan, and of course; Integrated Environmental Solutions. Our CEO Don will be flying the Scottish flag this week as he has been invited to New York to participate in a panel debate on sustainable cities with the American-Scottish Foundation on April 5th. Celebrating Scotland-Tartan week, the event is to showcase Our Energy Future: The Power of Partnerships in America and Scotland.

IES was formed in Scotland by Managing Director Dr Don Mclean in June 1994. The roots of the company go back to 1979 when the 1973 energy crisis, the three-day week, power cuts and predictions that oil would run out by 2000 were all high in the public’s consciousness. Against this backdrop, Don started his PHD work in detailed simulation of renewable energy devices at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.  Don’s time at Strathclyde, along with subsequent research and commercial activity consolidated three fundamental observations that IES is built on:

  • Buildings are major consumers of energy and they have to be made more efficient to cut CO2 emissions, conserve fossil fuels and preserve the environment for future generations.
  • Buildings are generally designed on experience and simplistic performance calculations even though it has been proven that the use of performance based building simulation can achieve much better performing buildings that consume significantly less energy.
  • Pre-IES building performance tools were too complex to use and remained in the hands of academics making very little impact on mainstream commercial design.

Although our roots are Scottish, the outlook at IES has always been global. We understand that the problem of increasing C02 emissions is a global problem; not a local one. And that’s why we now have offices across the world in Glasgow, Dublin, Atlanta, Vancouver, Melbourne and Pune {India}. Our ties with America have always been strong – we opened a Boston office in 2004 and have had an office in San Francisco and IES consultants in Minnesota and north of the border in Vancouver.

Our ambition to collaborate within America took another step forward last year when IES acquired North American consulting firm BVM Engineering (BVME), who now act as our South Atlantic Division in Atlanta.

So as far as IES are concerned, partnerships between America and Scotland have never been stronger, with the future looking particularly bright…

We’ll toast a dram to that!

Now that Green Building Week has drawn to a close I thought I’d take this opportunity to reflect on the event we held last Monday — Environmental Modelling for a Low Carbon Scotland. Our ‘thought trees’ certainly got the discussion started (I’ll go into the feedback received later on) and the after seminar question & answer session was fierce. But what was clear, was the huge interest in better understanding how computer modelling (or building performance simulation) can deliver more sustainable buildings, and even cities.

We started the evening with a kind introduction from Lori McElroy Sust. Programme Director for Architecture+Design Scotland, followed by a short presentation from Dr Don McLean Founder and MD of IES. Covering the current state of play in the use of simulation for low-carbon design, Don started by celebrating the world leading status of the UK — “From recent trips to the US I’d say they are at least 5-10 years behind us in terms of thinking and they certainly turn to those companies with a UK presence for experience.” Then looking to the future he explored some of the research areas IES is currently involved.

David McNeill, Technical Director of Buro Happold gave the main presentation of the evening. Kick started with a look at how Victorian design techniques used many passive elements such as central circular openings high up to vent heat and introduce daylight. He then took us an a whistle stop tour around the Riverside Museum, the Burns Museum, Queens University Belfast and Saudi Arabia, looking at how different areas of simulation were used on each project to prove or disprove concepts and stretch design boundaries.

Quote of the night from him “Sometimes you do a model and it proves things don’t work but better to do it then than find out when you build it in real life.”

A lively question and answer session followed the presentations which we eventually had to wind down in order to give us some time to enjoy the wine and canapes. The interest in where the future of performance analysis could take us was exciting; with concepts around analysis for eco-cities being discussed through to how to effectively bring design and operational modelling closer together and integrate this with FM process and building controls.

The prize for controversial question of the evening goes to Colin Donald of the Glasgow Herald. Referring to the Riverside Museum he asked; “So did Zaha Hadid have any kind of idea the impact a 30m high glass wall would have?” The answer? In essence, shortening a long response down, the clear vision and understanding of the curators regarding the internal conditions required and computer modelling allowed the design vision to be effectively created to perform well.

You can watch a video of the seminars here and review some of the tweets from the evening using the event hashtag #lowCO2scot11.

So that just leaves us the ‘Thought Trees’ which were dotted around the venue asking key questions about sustainability in Scotland. A big thanks to Urban Realm which supplied one of the questions. A selection of the responses received are below. What are your thoughts? Please add your comments below and keep the discussion going.

What’s the biggest sustainably challenge you’re facing?
– The gap between design and operational targets and modelling. Although IES can do operational modelling, Building Standards still claim that they specify all assets, whereas they only specify elements of the assets – the specification gap arises. The emphasis of all those talking about projects they have done should be to discuss the actual energy in operation, not the design targets; I have yet to see an architect quote actual energy consumption. Bring on DECs.
– The expectations of the people within them. We have seen a dramatic inflation in people’s expectations of the environment in a building. While the demands are for 23-25 C so that people can walk in their shorts at home at any time of year is excessive. Halogen lights on everywhere, a fridge in the kitchen and beer fridge in the garage and so on.

What’s your top sustainability goal?
– Educate your building users to operate buildings efficiency and to take ownership and interact
– To have buildings designed and built to last — not just low energy or sustainable for the current day

Tell us something about Scotland which you think makes it easier achieve energy reductions in buildings?
– Our temperate environment
– We wear jumpers inside
– Wind power

Urban Realm Question: How best can Scotland’s existing buildings be retro-fitted to meet 21st century environmental standards?

– I see lots of new/refurbished buildings consuming more energy than before due to: dark ceilings or ceilings not lit so people increase light levels to make it feel brighter; higher light levels than needed; daylighting not being used to optimally offset artificial lighting requirements (floor to ceiling)- leading to higher heat losses in winter and solar gains in summer; high solar gains in summer leading to air conditioning; high external light levels; high distribution heat losses and standing losses of boilers; underfloor heating designed to operate at too high a temperature and without heavy weight building; controls that do not allow a deadband — so it’s either heating or cooling; no means of heat escape at high level, with windows opening lower down, leading to A/C requirements; server rooms having A/C as standard and so on. These are all asset issues, not due to occupation.

– The challenge for refurbishment is understanding the whole building. We need to learn the lessons across the new build to understand the limitations of a refurbishment.

Here’s looking forward to next year’s event…

Environmental Modelling for a Low Carbon Scotland

Posted: September 16, 2011 by , Category:events

It is now only 3 days until the first and only World Green Building Week event taking place in Scotland this year. If you have been following IES across any of our social media then you will know that we have been hard at work preparing for the “Environmental Modelling for a Low Carbon Scotland” event. Well now the programme has been finalised, the wine has been ordered and the thought trees have been built (don’t worry, we’ll get to that later).

We have also started to receive feedback from the questions posted in our previous blog that previewed our event taking place next Monday (16th Sep). One delegate believes the main challenge facing sustainable building in Scotland is “the gap between design and operational targets and modelling. Although IES can do operational modelling, Building Standards still claim that they specify all assets, whereas they only specify elements of the assets – the specification gap arises. The emphasis of all those talking about projects they have done should be to discuss the actual energy in operation, not the design targets, I have yet to see an architect quote actual energy consumption. Bring on DECs

When responding to the question put forward by Urban Realm (How best can Scotland’s existing buildings be retro-fitted to meet 21st century environmental standards), the delegate answered – “The challenge for refurbishment is understanding the whole building. We need to learn the lessons across the new build to understand the limitations of a refurbishment“.

There will also be plenty of opportunity to express your views at the event itself. Dotted around the venue you will see five ‘Thought trees’ which ask key questions to get the debate flowing. It’s easy to get involved — write your views on the tags and hang them on the trees. Each ‘Tree’ poses a different question, with each of your answers forming a crucial part of the post event discussion.

Any other questions or issues you’d like to discuss? Let us know by using our #tag #LowCO2Scot11 or drop us a line at events@iesve.com.

World Green Building Week comes to Scotland!

Posted: September 9, 2011 by , Category:events

World Green Building Week is held annually to highlight the importance of sustainable buildings for businesses, communities and individuals across the world. Each year, international Green Building Councils and their members are encouraged to co-ordinate activities and hold events that reflect what sustainability means to them.

IES, Buro Happold and Archtecture+Design Scotland have got together and decided it was about time we held such an event in our neck of the woods! So for the first time ever, a WGBW event will take place in Scotland. “Environmental Modelling for a Low Carbon Scotland” will take place on Monday 19th September at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, from 18.00 — 20.00.

The evening will kick off with a drinks reception and a presentation from Buro Happold on the role of energy & environmental modelling in delivering greener buildings, including insights into a number of Scottish projects including the new Glasgow Riverside Museum and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

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an excuse to drink wine and eat nibbles (which of course will be provided!). But also an opportunity for the different elements of the building design community to come together and discuss what is happening in our industry.

We will be coming up with questions to get

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the debate flowing, and we want to hear your views! Try these two on for starters…

What’s the biggest sustainably challenge you’re facing in Scotland?
What’s your top sustainability goal?

Urban Realm have also provided us with a question for you to discuss…

How best can Scotland’s existing buildings be retro-fitted to meet 21st century environmental standards?

If you would like to suggest a question or wish to give a reply to one listed above, just use the #tag – #LowCO2Scot11 or leave a comment on this post.

To register for this exclusive event simply email events@iesve.com with your details and we’ll get back to you with a confirmation.

We look forward to meeting you at The Lighthouse!

SESG/CIBSE Seminar

Posted: May 19, 2011 by , Category:events

Last month I was asked to attend and present at a SESG/CIBSE seminar at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. The event was held to explore the latest developments in the Scottish Regulations, and to investigate the concept and future implications of “zero carbon” building in Scotland.

My presentation mainly focused on the key changes in 2010 Section 6 and 2010 Part L2A in terms of building compliance simulations. It also carried out a good comparison study between these two new regulations to see how buildings will be affected respectively by these regulations in terms of compliance. An example was set up based on an office building which was comfortably passed the compliance under both previous Section 6 and PartL2A, but failed in the new regulations. Different improvement strategies have been taken to see which area can be looked at to improve the building performance. You can find my presentation below and as always any feedback is very welcome.

Overall this was an interesting event which generated a lot of exciting discussion, while also demonstrating that these are issues that are high on the agenda in Scotland. Other speakers included members of BRE, SESG and the Scottish Building Standards Division, addressing issues such as research perspectives and industry reactions to the current technical standards. I am now looking forward to reporting back from such forward thinking Scottish events in the future!

 

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