The IES Virtual Environment (IESVE) is a powerful, in-depth suite of building performance analysis tools. It allows the design and operation of comfortable buildings that consume significantly less energy. Whether working on a new build or renovation project, the VE allows designers to test different options, identify best passive solutions, compare low-carbon & renewable technologies, and draw conclusions on energy use, CO2 emissions, occupant comfort, and much more.
There are various tools in the suite; each designed to provide sustainable analysis at levels suitable for different design team members and design stages. All utilise our Apache dynamic thermal simulation engine, and an integrated central data model, which has direct links to SketchUp™, Revit® or Trelligence™, and gbXML, IFC & dxf imports.
VE-Pro is our most comprehensive and detailed toolset. The central data model allows all analysis to be undertaken in an integrated manner, so results can be easily shared amongst applications to further inform and refine simulations. Giving a truly whole building perspective, VE-Pro offers a flexible choice of modules across: Energy, Carbon, Thermal, Solar, Daylight, Light, CFD, Bulk airflow, HVAC, Climate, Egress, Ingress, Value, Cost, and Low Carbon/Renewable strategies.
The VE-Navigators are region specific tools which address Global Rating System and Regulation requirements. They provide a robust and detailed step-by-step structured workflow alongside in-built QA functionality. VE-Navigators for LEED, ASHRAE 90.1 (LEED Energy), LEED-India, BREEAM, Green Star, Green Mark, New Zealand Compliance and UK Compliance tools are currently available.
VE-Gaia is IES’ architectural analysis tool. Its step-by-step workflow system demystifies simulation and allows users to progress from earlier ballpark comparisons into detailed early-stage calculations across: Climate, Bioclimate, Natural resource availability, Building & material characteristics, Solar Shading, Water reduction, Daylighting, Energy, Carbon, Heating/cooling loads, and Potential efficient & renewable technologies. Users can input and manipulate standard data sets or specific building data within the central integrated model.
All IESVE tools integrate easily – for example VE-Gaia users can easily add VE-Pro modules or the VE Navigators for LEED or BREEAM.