Architects: Are you ready to rise to the performance challenge?

We have the tools to get you there.

The race to Net Zero has begun

Over 1,200 architects have now pledged their support for the UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency and more than 1,000 firms have committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2030 with the AIA 2030 Commitment. In addition, Architects and their governing bodies, now recognise that if we are serious in delivering a step change in sustainability, we cannot continue to allow the use of predicted outcomes as the absolute measure of project success. 

RIBA’s 2030 Challenge addresses this issue, however, to achieve the performance targets it sets across operational energy use, water use and embodied carbon a step change in traditional practices is required.

To achieve RIBA’s sustainable outcomes, a design approach that embeds building performance evaluation is recommended. By providing feedback at every stage of the building lifecycle, right through to post-occupancy, this approach can help resolve the well-known performance gap between design intent and in-use performance to deliver real and lasting reductions in carbon emissions.

It's time to seize this opportunity, maintain core control over critical design decisions, and help our buildings become part of a zero carbon future. It's time to be part of the solution.

Building Performance Tools for Architects

VE Gaia - Feasibility Performance Evaluation for Individual Buildings

VE Gaia is the ideal tool for architects and designers during early feasibility stages. Helping to meet sustainable design goals and deliver healthy, zero-carbon buildings. Users can carry out early feasibility studies across:

  • Operational & Embodied Energy / Carbon
  • Health & Wellbeing Metrics – daylight, thermal comfort, humidity, ventilation
  • Potable Water Use & Recycling / Rainwater potential
  • Renewable Energy Generation – potential, feasibility and energy / carbon impact
  • Bioclimatic responsive design considerations – current & future climates
  • Impact of Solar Shading / Penetration
  • Peak Heating / Cooling Loads
  • Thermal envelope performance and material characteristics

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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On-Demand Web Demo: iCD

This web demo will showcase the capability of IES’ iCD technology and will demonstrate the different sustainable outcomes that can be analysed, and project applications.

On-Demand Web Demo: VE Gaia

 This web demo will showcase the capability of VE Gaia technology and will demonstrate the different sustainable outcomes that can be analysed.

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