IES Virtual Environment only software to provide solution for new Scottish Regulation Section 63
26th September 2017
IES has further developed its Virtual Environment (VE) software to provide a solution for complying with Section 63. IES is the first to provide a DSM Level 5 solution with no other software provider currently in the market.
Features and Benefits of the VE Application for Compliance with Section 63
The VE now allows Section 63 assessors to generate Action Plans for VE projects that already have a lodged Section 6 (2015) EPC on the register. As a companion assessment to the ApacheSim EPC for Section 6 (2015) Scotland, you can use the VE Compliance module to perform a Section 6 assessment, generate an EPC and the corresponding Section 63 action plan all from one model platform which saves you time and maintains the quality standards of your modelling submission.
The IES VE Section 63 application uses an innovative approach for modelling scenarios for the Prescriptive Measures and then assessing potential Alternative Scenarios. This involves a closed feedback loop to quantify Carbon (CO2) & Energy (kWh) savings before generating the Action Plan by integrating the scenarios within a single VE model. This feature offers a significant productivity advantage and time saving benefit by allowing you to perform multiple iterations and repeatedly feedback without having to separately Save As each scenario. This integrated variant approach allows you to firstly create, then switch between, delete if you so choose and also export to a separate VE model if required.
Please note: A new VE licence for Section 63 is required – this is in addition to the existing Section 6 (2015) licence, which is also still required.
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About Section 63
Section 63 is part of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 which has been implemented as part the Scottish Government’s contribution to the international effort required on climate change. The Act commits to achieving an 80% reduction in Scotland’s emissions by 2050 and a 42% reduction by 2020.
Section 63 of the Act requires:
- The assessment of the energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings and greenhouse gas emissions from such buildings; and
- For building owners to take steps to improve the energy performance of, and reduce emissions from, such buildings.
Section 63 came into effect from September 2016 and applies to buildings with floor area of more than 1000m2 that have not previously undertook energy standards equivalent to those introduced by the 2002 building regulations, and are triggered by the sale or lease of a property. It requires an Action Plan for improvement to reduce Carbon or Energy. These action plans should be generated by qualified Section 63 Assessors.