Excitech review the < Virtual Environment > in their DPJ
01st January 2002
The IES <Virtual Environment>
Organisations throughout the AEC industry are looking for increased productivity and to produce better buildings. To help the industry achieve these objectives IES have recently launched Version 4 of the <Virtual Environment>. The <Virtual Environment> is a unique suite of software products capable of simulating a building and has been proven to improve the design process resulting in better and more cost effective buildings.
Using the <Virtual Environment> is equivalent to building a physical model of the building within the computer and testing how the building will operate. This system extends the concept of Virtual Reality for building designers, instead of only visualising the 3D space the designer can compare and contrast how the building will perform in terms of daylight and electric light, occupant comfort, energy usage, sustainability, health and safety and capital and running costs. With the <Virtual Environment> design teams have a much greater insight into how the building will actually perform after it has been built by answering many of the