IESVE Trial Support Guides

Getting to grips with new software can be challenging, especially not knowing where to start. So, that’s why we’ve created a handy Trial Support Guide offering you useful advice and best practices to help you get started.

VE Setup & Introduction


Getting started and activating your licence keys.

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Start Page

Find your way about the IESVE Start Page.

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Creating and editing geometry in the IESVE.

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Space Grouping

Creating space names and space groups for streamlined assignment of data or model manipulation.

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Set up project location and select suitable weather files.

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Create and Assign Model Data

Constructions Database

Creation, editing, and assignment of opaque and glazed constructions to apply to your model.

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Building Template Manager

Assign, inspect and/or modify building templates within the VE.

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Building Use Profiles

How to build and use profiles to act as controllers for your model.

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Systems Templates

Create and edit templates, linked to energy sources and meters, to control the building systems.

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Tabular Space Data

Edit aspects of the data assigned using building templates on a space by space basis, if required.

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Input Data Visualisation

Quality check data assigned to your model and visualise with colours.

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Solar Analysis

Solar Shading

Calculate sun position and shading for loads analysis, track solar penetration into spaces.

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Loads Calculations


Run ASHRAE Loads or CIBSE Calculations to check the heating and cooling loads

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Thermal and Energy Simulation

Building Energy Simulation

Introduction to Apache, the simulation engine of the VE.

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Dynamic Thermal Simulation

Learn how to run a dynamic thermal simulation of your model using ApacheSim.

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Natural Ventilation Analysis

Natural Ventilation

Creating window types and use profiles as controllers, to assess natural ventilation, or mixed-mode ventilation.

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Thermal and Energy Results Analysis

Viewing Results

Quickly and easily analyse and compare results of one or more simulations carried out using the thermal modelling tools.

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Lighting Analysis

Lighting Design

Luminaire placement, lighting design calculation, artificial/daylight analysis and combined lighting levels.

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RadianceIES Essentials

Predict daylight performance through simulations.

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Daylight Modelling

Look at the different types of simulations available in RadianceIES and the settings required to perform these simulations and start to assess further. Generate Luminance and Illuminance images.

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Climate Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM) / Daylight Simulation Metrics

Useful Daylight Illuminance (UDI), Spatial Daylight Autonomy (SDA), Annual Sunlight Exposure (ASE), LEED V4.1 Daylight Credit Option 1 & 2 and BREEAM Hea01 Visual Comfort.

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Sensors for Climate Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM) / Daylight Simulation Metrics

Sensor settings, and how to place sensors for daylight harvesting so that radiance sensors can be used to create dimming profiles in Apache to assess potential savings.

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Right to Light

Using the Vertical Sky Component (VSC) to assess right to light for UK planning applications.

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ApacheHVAC Wizard

Quickly and easily create more detailed HVAC systems, with zoning, airside and waterside. Perform CIBSE or ASHRAE based loads calculations, for sizing and reports, or a dynamic simulation. Take advantage of the library of full auto-sizeable NCM systems.

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