IES for Architects

Building performance starts at the earliest stages of design

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Empowering Architects to Achieve Zero-Carbon Designs

Architects are having to adapt their design processes as they rise to the challenge of zero-carbon buildings. Thousands of firms have committed to ambitious zero carbon pledges such as the AIA Net-Zero Commitment and the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge. However, to deliver on these they need to be embedding building performance evaluation throughout every stage of their design workflows, from pre-design through into operation. Continually tracking progress and assessing the impact that design decisions will ultimately have on a building’s energy performance and whole-life carbon ouput.

IES provide tools to help architects to achieve exactly that. Making it possible to futureproof their designs and understand the impact that even the earliest decisions made will have across all aspects of comfort, energy, carbon and costs.

Building Performance Tools for Architects

IESVE - Feasibility Performance Evaluation for Individual Buildings

IESVE is the ideal tool for architects and designers during early stage design. Helping to meet sustainable design goals and deliver healthy, comfortable, zero-carbon buildings. Users can carry out early stage studies including:

  • Thermal envelope performance and material characteristics
  • Operational Energy & Embodied Carbon (OneClickLCA)
  • Building Performance Metrics – daylight, thermal comfort
  • Solar Shading / Penetration
  • Code compliance
  • Health & wellbeing

iCD - Masterplan your way to a Net-Zero Community

Undertake sustainable master planning and urban design from the earliest project stages, even when data is sparse or non-existent. Go beyond just zoning and massing and integrate analysis across a wide range of sustainable metrics. iCD, a plug-in to SketchUp, is scalable from a simple campus, to a wider community or city, new or pre-existing and can be used to investigate:

  • Site-wide Operational Energy / Carbon
  • Site-wide Waste & Potable Water
  • Energy / Water Site & Building Use Breakdowns
  • Sustainable Connectivity & Transport
  • Community Scale Renewable Generation
  • Account for EV chargers, street lighting, trees & terrain
  • Impact of planned Net-Zero Strategies over time
  • Model known socio-economic data relationships

On-Demand Webinar

RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge - rising to the performance challenge: what it means for Architects

With keynote speakers from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this on-demand webinar discusses the RIBA 2030 challenge, its Sustainable Outcomes Guide and the role Building Performance Evaluation has in meeting them. As well as the implications and opportunities for architects and urban designers, and highlights from recently developed tools from IES specifically designed to meet these challenges.

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IES Software in the Hands of Architects

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