IES Launch First Online Portal to Safely Share Sustainable Building Design Strategies with Industry Peers via VE Models
26th February 2013
26 February, 2013 - A new website that will allow Construction Industry professionals to upload and share sustainable case studies and VE model files from their building projects will be launched at this year’s Ecobuild (stand N429) in London. Called ‘Lessons’, the knowledge sharing platform offers a large number of case studies of building projects, so that users can draw on past experience and insight on sustainable building design whether a VE user or not. The result of a project co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, it also allows users of IES’ Virtual Environment (VE) software to share, for the first time, stripped down versions of their building models.
The Lessons website is free to use and anyone in the construction industry can sign up to upload their case studies or view others’ projects. The website is designed to be a central place for professionals to go and share lessons learnt on previous sustainable design projects. There are already 130 Case Studies on the site.
The specially created secure IESVE file sharing capability allows users to quickly test out strategies of interest on their live design project. Uploaded encrypted 3D model files can be downloaded and merged with existing models. Key strategy information is shared across areas such as HVAC systems, constructions, lighting, window & door controls, costing data and renewable system information. However, geometry is kept hidden, as is the ability to inspect the data in a detailed way.
The website is now live and the model file sharing capability for VE users will be available from May 2013. Building manufacturers can also sign up to the website and create an online profile with details of their products. This will automatically be linked to case studies where these products have been used allowing designers to view product details and connect with manufacturers.
“The Lessons website provides a platform for the entire industry to collaborate, share ideas and learn from each other about designing sustainable buildings” says Don McLean, Founder and Managing Director, IES. “It is designed to become the industry standard method of connecting designers of low carbon buildings to the leading innovative products that will allow them to achieve their objectives.”
Notes to Editor
The Lessons tool is the product of a Technology Strategy Board (TSB) project led by IES. The project partners were Pick Everard, Vanguard Homes, De Montfort University, Cranfield University and IES.
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