IES is recognised as a world leader in 3D performance analysis software. The company delivers unique tools and technology to assist Engineers, Architects, regulatory and rating agencies, building owners, facilities managers, sustainability and energy managers in their objectives. It has an easy-to-use GUI and graphic as well as numerical reporting features to easily share data across a team at all stages of design, construction and operation. It allows the design and operation of comfortable buildings (visual and thermal comfort) that consume significantly less energy.
IES can be used to test different options, identify best passive solutions, compare low-carbon technologies, and draw conclusions on energy use, CO2 emissions, occupant comfort, light levels, airflow and much more, to inform design, ensure compliance with building regulations in the UK and Ireland or across the globe or with rating systems such as LEED, BREEAM, GreenStar, Green Mark and more. It is used for the design of new buildings, and for retrofitting inefficient old buildings. IES is also suitable to use for commissioning and for assessing building energy use during operation, via ERGON and IES consulting using IES’ Ci2 methodology.
The analysis applications all share one central integrated data model, saving time and facilitating an integrated design approach across HVAC and ventilation systems, lighting and daylighting, CFD, renewables, etc. and can easily switch between ISO, ASHRAE and CIBSE formats for data inputs or reports. The BIM Navigator streamlines the import of gbXML, IFC & dxf imports. Rendered outputs, graphs and data files enable communication of key information to different audiences
Latest features and Key Benefits of the IESVE include: * Minute by Minute analysis through dynamic simulation enables optimised performance through evaluating multiple systems and constructions. * Evaluate energy and carbon (2 sides of a coin) to justify improvements * Dynamic Daylighting calculation methods: You can use RadianceIES climate based daylight modelling (CBDM) technology to model Useful Daylight Illuminance (UDI), Spatial Daylight Autonomy (SDA) and Annual Sunlight Exposure (ASE) calculations, providing you with a complete overview on how the daylight performance varies throughout the year. * NECB Navigator for Canada: streamlined workflow, Automatic creation of NECB Reference Building, and automated reports. * Numerous HVAC updates including the ApacheHVAC System Loads & Sizing Report Generator, which provides streamlined generation and improved user control over a significantly expanded set of reports for buildings, system, zone, and room loads, sizing, and ventilation. The User can set relevant coils for Heating & Cooling peaks and include or exclude oversizing factors. Reports include: Project and climate; Plant loops & equipment; Space loads & ventilation; System Loads; Zone Loads; Room Loads; VE2016 System Sizing report; ASHRAE 62.1 Ventilation (Appendix A method). In IESVE 2018 there are now new detailed VRF and DHW capabilities in ApacheHVAC. * IESVE 2018 brings new ASHRAE 90.1 Enhancements including: Updated ECB (2010/2013) and PRM (2007/2010/2013) Reports, Zone grouping assignment, Automatic Receptacle controls, Optimal Start of HVAC Systems, and Chilled water supply temperature reset. * Energy SOURCES & Meters: At any logical point in the software, a Meter can be assigned that will be used to aggregate the use of that fuel. There is no limit to the number of Meters that are created. * Python Scripting allows users to create their own customised scripts, automation and reportage, which can be easily shared through your own navigator. * HONE Tool to investigate the trade-offs between different design parameters and automatically converge on the optimal design quickly and accurately. * Parametric Tool to automate the simulation of multiple scenarios and combinations of building design inputs. * Elements tool to link both optimisation Hone and Parametric tools to allow the setting of target parameters (model inputs) and results variables (Vista outputs) for parameteric analysis. * Parallel Simulation Manager allows you to manage simulations within the Virtual Environment. It significantly speeds up simulations, and separates the simulations from the VE interface meaning that you can continue to work on a model and set up a new simulation etc. whilst your current model is simulating. This has been enhanced in the latest IESVE2018 release – simulations are now ~10 times faster by utilizing the new parallel simulation mode feature.