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IES Unveils New Climate-Based Design Tool

Glasgow-based software development company Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) recently released a new component of its Virtual Environment software: the Climate Energy Index, a design tool for gauging building energy needs based on current and future climate data.

The tool measures the potential energy required to keep occupants comfortable in a particular climate with heating, cooling, humidification, and dehumidification, and can be customized for specific occupancy patterns. The software interface operates on a three-tabbed system with separate overview, sustainability, and LEED screens that provide users with detailed feedback.

The Climate Energy Index relies on climate data—not building design—and includes various data analysis tools, such as climate projections, carbon load calculations, low-carbon technology evaluations, and analysis for the latest versions of the LEED for New Construction, Schools, and Core & Shell rating systems. Additionally, the feedback can be compared to building simulation results to explore how climate influences design performance and potential.

Published January 1, 2010

Bragonier, E. (2010, January 1). IES Unveils New Climate-Based Design Tool. Retrieved from

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