IES Launch New FREE Educational Programme IES Faculty
01st March 2011
Today we are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new free educational programme, IES Faculty. The Faculty, consisting of a series of educational seminars, will cover a wide variety of performance analysis topics giving anyone, whether or not they are a user of the VE, the opportunity to develop and enhance their building simulation knowledge and skills in relation to low-energy design.
Launching in London, the first session is a Modelling Masterclass scheduled for the 21st March. The session will cover the basics as well as advanced modeling techniques, ensuring that it adds value to beginners and those already familiar with simulation modelling. Setting the scene, it will look at best practice in incorporating modelling for performance analysis into practitioner’s day to day project work, and touch on understanding the limitations in model transfer from SketchUpTM and Revit®. In addition, it will offer the opportunity to learn valuable time-saving hints and tips, how to improve presentation outputs for clients and how to model specific design features and complex geometry such as double skin and curved facades.
A key feature of IES Faculty sessions is that those who sign up get the opportunity to drive the content of the sessions by providing feedback on topics they would like to see covered, and sending in specific questions, prior to the session. The programme has already started to attract interest within the industry and it is expected to catch the attention of many more professionals as it is rolled out.
Depending on public demand, IES plans to hold sessions on a monthly basis and take the Faculty on tour around the UK. Other topics in the pipeline are; “BIM: An integrated approach to design” and “Daylight Simulation in relation to Part L 2010”. Feedback will be collected to evaluate the seminars and inform the topics of further sessions. Email email@example.com to sign up or suggest topics.
This initiative aims to educate the industry of the importance of performance analysis and encourage practitioners to open their minds to the powerful possibilities it presents when creating truly sustainable buildings. Unlike other software roadshows and training hosted by IES the ethos of these seminars is educational, as such we will take the opportunity to look at principles of sustainable design as well as application of the Virtual Environment software. They will cover the zero-carbon issues that the industry faces and offer guidance, solutions and advice on how to tackle them, using performance analysis to inform design decisions.
David McEwan, UK and Global Consultancy Director at IES says:
“Sustainability is at the heart of what we do and we want to reach out to the building and architectural community to try and make a difference on how they approach low-energy design. Lord Kelvin said: ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it’. Integrated Performance Analysis allows quantitative measurements which inform design decisions right from early stages when the most impact is made.
Our software provides the tools to design, green, high performance buildings, but our expert consultants also have the knowledge and expertise to educate and share their experiences with the wider industry. IES Faculty aims to provide educational seminars offering added value to practitioners. We see this as a fantastic opportunity to give something back to the industry and promote the UK green building movement”