The IES Virtual Environment (IESVE) is a powerful, in-depth suite of building performance analysis software 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 an integrated central data model, which has direct links to SketchUp, Revit or Trelligence, and gbXML, Vectorworks Architect, Trimble Plancal IFC& dxf imports.

VE-PRO is the most comprehensive and detailed toolset . These tools are used mainly by HVAC engineers, MEP engineers, sustainability consultants, and other people performing advanced analysis studies. The Virtual Environment has a central data model which allows all types of analysis to be undertaken in an integrated manner, so results can be easily shared amongst applications to further inform and refine simulations. Therefore the software has a truly whole building perspective. VE-Pro offers a flexible choice of modules accross: 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 adress 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), BREEAM, Green Star, Green Mark, New Zealand Compliance and UK Compliance 2010 are currently available. These tools are used by people completing credits for these rating systems, and can be engineers, architects, rating system consultants, or others who are involved in this process. These tools require different modules from the VE-Pro to run.

VE-GAIA  – is an architectural analysis tool which is used by architects, designers, urban planners, masterplanners, and even engineers who want to complete quick and early stage studies, such as for design competitions. Its step-by-step workflow system simplifies simulation and allows users to progress from earlier generalized comparisons into detailed early-stage calculations across the following categories: Climate, Bioclimate, Natural resource availability, Building & material characteristics, Solar Shading, Water reduction, Daylighting, Energy, Carbon, Heating.

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