Profile: IES are developers of the world’s leading integrated building performance modeling software system the <Virtual Environment>. As such IES have unsurpassed experience in the application of these advanced design tools to enhance building performance, and create more sustainable buildings. Founded in 1994, employing over 100 staff, and headquartered in Glasgow Scotland, IES also has offices in London England, Dublin Ireland, Cambridge MA, San Francisco CA, Melbourne Australia, Pune India and Penang Malaysia. In this time IES has provided leading edge support to the design, construction and operation of some of the largest and most challenging buildings in the world.
The IES <Virtual Environment> is a suite of building performance modeling tools based around a single integrated data model. The purpose of the system is to provide the high quality information required to design, build and operate better performing, more sustainable communities. It can be applied from the earliest stages of the design or through operational stages. The <Virtual Environment> is used today by many of the world’s leading architectural and engineering practices and in recent years has been proliferating at a very rapid rate due to the unique ability to improve decision making and workflow.
Expertise: IES are currently involved in 7 publicly funded projects, 4 from the Technology Strategy Board in the UK, 1 from SMART Scotland, 1 CIP-PSP and 1 FP7-PPP project. With respect to technical experience, IES are currently developing a number of tools which can be used in conjunction with this project, including the following: An optimize tool to help designers automatically generate design solutions for a building; LCA and LCC tools to assess the environmental impact of a building over its life; Performance components which will facilitate the creation and editing of a local database of product properties. This provides a mechanism for process inputs and outputs (materials, heat and energy) to be tied to the rate of product output; Free-form profiles which allow for the integration of data, which can be assigned any value at any time of year.
Key project tasks: IES will develop a demonstration tool for simulation of various glazing and frame types applied to a number of typical building types. Constraint based optimization will be used to assess the best possible solutions for each glazing and frame type based on constraints such as maximizing energy efficiency while minimizing loss of transparency or environmental impact. Each of these solutions will then be integrated with the IES <VE> to determine the optimum technology to be applied to various building types.
Don McLean (PhD, BSc) Founder and CEO of IES, Dr. McLean has 30 years of experience in the use and development of building simulation software. In this project Dr. McLean will take an overarching perspective of the technical aspects and assist with dissemination and exploitation.
Martin Gough (BA, PhD) Technical Director of IES, Dr Gough has responsibility for the development and maintenance of applications for building thermal simulation, HVAC system simulation, natural ventilation analysis, thermal loads calculations and Building Regulations compliance testing. In this project he will take control of software development activities.
Richard Quincey (MEng, MCIBSE), Technical Director, has extensive and diverse experience in leading edge sustainable building design. His areas of expertise are energy and renewables; built form and environmental advice; low energy building design and analysis including novel designs; natural ventilation and mixed mode design; project management including construction management; cost planning and value engineering; aesthetic and sensitive engineering solutions. In this project he will resolve technical challenges that may occur during the software development activities.
Mike Oates (MEng), Technical Analysts, is responsible for developing technical aspects of grant and commercial projects into a framework that can be implemented into the IES VE software. In this project he will work on technical aspects of the project and also work closely with the software development department of IES.