23rd Sep 2021
Buildings are a key part of our society and if we are to make the planet a better place to live for future generations then the built environment needs to be up front and central to government investment and zero carbon strategies. It is fantastic to see the industry coming together to emphasise the important role the built environment has to play in addressing all of this year’s COP themes.
With COP26 being hosted in Glasgow, the city where it all began for IES, it presents an exciting time and with it an array of opportunities to show the world the impact our digital twin technology is having on cutting carbon and combatting climate change. The technology to enable the decarbonisation of the entire world’s buildings and cities is here at our fingertips. However, it needs to be adopted much more quickly if countries are to deliver on the ambitious zero-carbon targets they have promised.
For the last 27 years, IES technology has helped make almost one million buildings more energy efficient and has prevented over 37 power stations from having to be built. From the very beginning our founder and CEO, Don McLean, understood that in order to make a real difference in reducing the energy consumption of buildings, proper 3D modelling and measurement tools had to be integrated into the design process. His objectives were to overcome many of the obstacles to the uptake of building simulation products and he realised that the only way to make these concepts and ideas effective within the design process was to develop them in a fully commercial environment.
As we strive towards meeting zero carbon targets and reducing the impacts of climate change, we are seeing more and more of our customers using our Digital Twin technology to create net-zero carbon buildings.
Engage with all the latest insights from IES this World Green Building Week
IES and Herald Scotland Webinar: Digital Twin Technology for Decarbonisation and Pollok Park’s Pathway to Net-Zero
This webinar, in association with the Herald, discusses how Digital Twin Technology is a key enabler to decarbonising the built environment. Join our Founder and CEO Don McLean, our Associate Director of ICL Consultancy Valeria Ferrando, and Pollok Park Project Manager, John McLean of Glasgow City Council as they discuss the huge potential impact Digital Twin technology will have on meeting net-zero targets and combatting climate change, using the example of Glasgow’s famous Pollok Park and its surrounding buildings.
Edie Insight: The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings – Sponsored by IES
The past 12 months have seen thousands of businesses announce ambitious net-zero strategies in line with national targets and in response to increased stakeholder pressure. So, what exactly does this mean for our buildings? And – crucially – how can businesses utilise current best practice and emerging technologies to deliver the required levels of decarbonisation from operations, offices and facilities to help deliver net-zero?
With buildings now accounting for more than half of total city emissions on average, it’s clear that urgent and dramatic action is required to accelerate the decarbonisation of the built environment. Inspired by edie’s award-winning Mission Possible campaign, The Business Guide to Net-Zero Carbon Buildings provides a much-needed breakdown of how organisations can achieve net-zero carbon buildings, and what steps they can take to day to accelerate progress.
RIBA & Architect’s Declare Built for the Environment Report
The Built for the Environment report, published this week by the RIBA and Architects Declare, demonstrates the critical role that the built environment can – and must – play to reduce the alarming rise of greenhouse gas emissions. The report brings together various pieces of research and evidence to encourage the sector to embrace and scale-up capabilities, and sets out key recommendations to governments ahead of COP26.
IES are proud to have contributed to this report by sharing example case studies and lessons learned and we stand united with others across the sector who, like us, want to see capabilities and meaningful action scaled up across the entire built environment to lead the fight against climate change.