Danish Research Students to Visit IES Headquarters
20th April 2012
IES is delighted to be welcoming Jørgen Erik Christensen, Associate Professor Department of Civil Engineering, at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and two of his masters students on a visit to their Glasgow headquarters from Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th April, 2012. The students, Peder and Espen, are writing there master project analysing the future use of energy simulation programs in Denmark, and are visiting IES to understand first-hand how the IES Virtual Environment (IES VE) software is used within a UK commercial building design process, and how the elements related to UK energy conservation regulations (Part L & EPCs) are incorporated.
Jørgen Erik Christensen has been involved in national and international research in the field of energy and environment and is a co-developer of an internationally used thermal analysis program known as BSim (former name tsbi3). He has been involved in IEA's Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and has been Danish project leader in the EU co-operation within the energy research program JOULE/COMBINE. He is Vice-Precedent for IBPSA-Nordic. His experience has given him a good platform for teaching courses and advising master students.
The visiting students plan to look at the UK model and understand the process concerning simulation in particular of new, more complicated buildings, determine lessons learned and take this back to Denmark. IES are also going to be supporting them in their future research.
As well as their visit to the IES headquarters, they will also be meeting up with three IES customers, Buro Happold, Wallace Whittle and Hulley & Kirkwood to get an understanding of the IES VE and the UK design process from their perspectives.
“We are very much looking forward to our visit to IES, says Jørgen Erik Christensen. I feel that it will be an extremely valuable experience for my master students and an excellent opportunity to investigate how we could be using the IES VE to really promote the use of the Integrated Design Process in Denmark.”
The Danish building code stipulates the use of Be10 for validation of energy frame and energy labelling. However, this tool cannot be used as a part of an integrated design process as its intended use is only as a benchmark test making buildings comparable in terms of energy consumption. Furthermore the tool can´t be used properly for complex constructions and energy systems, as is the case for many buildings today.
“IES are looking forward to welcoming DTU to the UK, says Craig Wheatley, Director. IES have a strong user base in Demark, thanks in part to DTU’s adoption of the Virtual Environment in their teaching. We welcome the opportunity to share the experience of IES and our customers in the use of our VE Compliance software for the EPBD driven UK Part L & Section 6 building regulations and energy performance certification.”