The ICL is here! The new environmental digital twin for healthy sustainable communities

Date Published

16th Apr 2019

Suzanne Wallace
Media & Communications Manager, IES

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of our brand new cutting-edge digital twin technology that connects distributed energy networks, renewables, master plans, building design, operation and retrofit.  

The ICL (Intelligent Communities Lifecycle) is a platform of interconnected decision support tools that facilitate the planning, design and operation of energy efficient and sustainable communities of any size and purpose, whether that be a company, campus, city or country. It is the most holistic tool for assessing any configuration of buildings throughout their lifecycle.

Utilising the latest digital technology to link IOT (Internet of Things) data, sensor readings, OpenData or any other data source into one interconnected platform, the ICL enables investigation of built environment performance at any level.

The technology will provide decision makers with the information required to form intelligent solutions, by identifying the most effective and resource efficient ways in which they can dramatically reduce the use of energy and fossil fuels within a community.The built environment currently accounts for 40% of the world’s energy use, meaning buildings and cities have the potential to make the biggest impact in reducing carbon emissions globally. 

Climate reports over the last 6 months have made clear that time isn’t on our side. Climate Change is not something that is going to happen far into the future - it is happening now. The research shows that warming the planet more than 1.5C is a real threat to its liveability, and the way things are going this 1.5C temperature safety guard could be exceeded in as little as 17 years. We have a small window to really make a difference, but the question many are struggling with is “how?” 

By launching the ICL, we’re making our technology available to anyone interested in energy efficiency and sustainability; from Architects, Engineers and Developers, to City Planners, ESCO’s, Sustainability, Energy and Facilities Managers, helping them see the true sustainability potential of their projects. 

Through pilot projects, the technology has already delivered an interactive 3D visualisation and masterplanning model for Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, which uncovered campus-wide energy savings of 31% and $4.7m cost savings.

It has also been used to create a prototype community interaction model that enables real-time visualisation of energy data within the Trent Basin community in Nottingham, UK. A model that includes information on renewable energy generation and storage, alongside energy consumption data, and general information about the homes. 

“I am very excited to be bringing this unique innovative technology to the market,” says Don McLean, IES Founder and CEO. “The IES team have been working extremely hard over the past few years to develop this sophisticated suite of tools that will revolutionise the way we plan and design communities and use energy, whether that be a university campus, city or entire continent.” 

“Climate Change is a very real threat, and much more imminent than most people realise. Over the last 25 years we’ve built a solid reputation as a leading innovator in sustainable analytics for individual buildings and we’ve made a huge impact, eliminating the need for around 30 power stations to be built. 

“With the ICL we can now apply sustainable analysis to communities of any size or purpose, enabling people to look at energy use holistically at a much larger scale. This technology brings the opportunity to make a massive difference to the fight against climate change, and secure a much better future for our children and future generations.”

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