Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) Is First To Release Alternative To SBEM
7 June 2006, News release from IES Limited
IES Limited, the world leading provider of building performance software, is proud to announce that its flexible alternative to SBEM launched on Monday 15th May. IES <VE Compliance> has now passed all of the tests required and received formal approval by the Department for Communities and Local Government (formerly ODPM). Its established thermal simulation tool called ApacheSim, has been developed to offer a more accurate and comprehensive route for assessing compliance with Part L2 2006.
Using the Approved Calculation Methodology, IES's <VE Compliance> tool offers increased flexibility over SBEM, especially for more complex buildings. It assesses compliance by estimating the building carbon emissions for different elements of the building separately and then adds them together to get the final result. This increased flexibility yields more design options and also allows elements such as bulk airflow, natural and mixed mode ventilation, self-shading and shading from adjacent buildings to be considered.
Aimed at architects, service engineers, house builders and all those within the building design process tasked with ensuring compliance, the IES <VE Compliance> offers a number of commercial benefits. Building designs can be assessed for compliance and alternative energy-saving strategies compared, quickly and easily, right from the earliest stages of the design process through to planning submission. In addition, the results files produced detailing all the calculations are suitable for inclusion in submissions to Building Control authorities, helping to streamline the approvals process. These files are laid out in a clear, logical way and are indexed with hyperlinks, so each calculation is cross referenced to relevant sections of the official documents.
Also, the fact that it is part of the IES <Virtual Environment> suite and uses the IES Integrated Data Model (IDM) means that data input is a simple process and visual models are produced, while the building can also be easily assessed using other tools within the <Virtual Environment> suite. Much of the data required, such as geometry, glazing areas and U-Values are assigned as the IDM is created and updated as design changes are made, allowing the easy testing of designs at multiple stages without the need to re-input data.
Dr. Don McLean the Founder and Managing Director of IES says: "As the only company of our kind with a division dedicated solely to the UK building regulations, IES really provides a complete Part L 2006 solution, offering software, consultancy services, customer support and training. We are confident that we are bringing to market the most comprehensive, flexible and easy to use solution."
All IES software is constantly updated in response to guidance emerging from the Department for Communities and Local Government, DTLR and the Technical Working Party on Part L.
Readers interested in more information should contact IES on 0141 945 8500 / firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.iesve.com. In addition, live web-based software demonstrations will be available every day for those interested in learning more about the power of the <Virtual Environment>, contact IES for more information.
For further information please email IES Ltd