IES Leads the way with Performance Modeling for Whole Building Lifecycle

LEED V4, Title 24, M&V and Commissioning can all be achieved through the same VE model

October 16, 2014 – At this year's Greenbuild, IES will be showcasing how users of IES Virtual Environment (IESVE) can use their VE model across the entire building lifecycle, from demonstrating code compliance through operation and retrofit. IES is the only solution to provide this one model appropriate for all approach.


With stricter code compliance regulations such as Title 24 coming into place and voluntary rating systems like LEED V4 and ASHRAE Standard 189 introducing more stringent performance based pre-requisites, it is becoming clear that the industry needs to be ready to use a performance based simulation approach across the entire building lifecycle.

Code Compliance such as Title 24 and DOE Federal Incentives, based on ASHRAE 90.1 and ASHRAE 140 mean that demonstrating compliance in more and more states now require a model based performance approach rather than a prescriptive one. At the same time, LEED V4 is putting much more emphasis on performance across design, commissioning and verification and becomes the new standard June 2015.

IES will also launch its new Cloud service, ERGON, which allows users to import, manage and interrogate real building schedules and use them in VE simulations. Key features include:

*Use real metered data created in ERGON to simulate down to 1 minute time-steps in the VE

*Undertake New Monitoring Based Commissioning LEED V4 Credits

*Make use of the mandatory Metering required by LEED V4

*Deliver Next Generation M&V using enhanced energy model calibration and monitoring based commissioning

*Create libraries of benchmark data to help Close the Performance Gap

"It's very encouraging for the sustainable building movement, to see performance modelling becoming a priority at every stage of the building lifecycle", says Don McLean, IES Founder and CEO. "Our software development team works extremely hard to keep the VE up to date with all the latest code compliance methods as well as developing new innovative tools such as ERGON to allow practitioners to take an integrated approach throughout the whole building lifecycle."

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