IES launch new tool to help close the performance gap

ERGON allows IESVE users to use real building operational data within their building models

30 October, 2014 - IES has launched its new Cloud service,  ERGON, which enables users of its Virtual Environment (VE) technology to import, manage and interrogate real building profiles or schedules and use them in VE simulations. It enables them to utilise measured data from the actual building they’re investigating to create profiles that enhance model calibration or use normalised benchmark data from other buildings of its type.  Such profiles can be used to improve building operational performance and help close the performance gap by bringing design models closer to reality.

Key benefits of the tool include:

  • Help Close the Performance Gap and simulate closer to reality
  • Improve operational models for retrofit & performance contracting
  • Simulate buildings using real metered data, down to 1 minute time-steps
  • Aid in delivering Soft Landing and undertake Post Occupancy Evaluations
  • Deliver next generation M&V using enhanced energy model calibration and monitoring based commissioning required by LEED V4 

Last month, IES hosted a Faculty event in London on the topic ofclosing the performance gap. The event drew in a large crowd of building professionals all keen to understand how this can be achieved. ERGON evoked an excited response,

“Being able to use real building data at the operational and design stage is a real leap forward,†says Niall Gibson, Business Development Manager, IES and speaker at the London Faculty event. “Imagine not having to rely on NCM profiles, but actually using real building data.†

He adds, “ERGON is essentially the introduction of a new fifth model category, the  Enhanced Operational Model. Where previously the Operational model would involve site visits and laborious data analysis, the Enhanced Operational Model automates much of this and allows a much more efficient and effective workflow.†

IES Founder and MD, Don McLean comment, “ERGON allows practitioners to take an integrated approach throughout the whole building lifecycle. Using real building data to enhance the calibration of operational models enables designers to make more accurate decisions about possible impacts and returns of different retrofit options.†

ERGON Getting Started training webinars are already underway with the next one taking place on Monday 10th November. The webinars take users on a tour of ERGON, showing them what functionality is offered and how it integrates with the VE to offer them powerful enhanced calibration on design and operational models. Places can be booked via the  IES Website.

IES also has a special offer available to its customers, allowing them to gain 20 free credits for ERGON by emailing and quoting PR14.

About IES

Integrated Environmental Solutions’ (IES) mission is to advance the sustainability of the world’s built environment through the use of integrated performance modelling technology, delivering resource efficient, low-energy, zero-carbon buildings and cities for future generations. For additional information, please visit You can also follow us on twitter via  @IESVE and join us on  Facebook and  LinkedIn for the latest IES news, or read our  blog.


Suzanne Wallace                             
Press Officer for IES                                                       
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