IES Releases Most Significant Update Ever With V5.9

Upgrades include more visual inputs and outputs and feature-rich reporting

Boston – August 11, 2008 Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a world leading provider of integrated performance analysis software and consulting services for sustainable building design, today announced the availability of its most significant upgrade to-date. IES v5.9 offers a comprehensive package of building performance analysis tools, enabling designers to look at how key design and climate factors influence the sustainable performance of a building. IESs worldwide users benefit from both local and global enhanced technical capabilities – including major graphical input and output developments, and more visual, interactive and flexible reporting.

Major refinements to both the drawing and visualization capabilities of IES's central 3D data model builder have been made including the ability to record camera path animations, change the sketch styles and add textured rendering. IES has also made significant changes and additions to its reporting functions. In particular, unique 3D model result visualization options are offered - bulk airflow through openings, and room color coding according to result/input data thresholds. Also, new Swirl Diffuser technical enhancements to IESs CFD airflow analysis mean that Underfloor Air Displacement systems can now be modelled in greater detail.

“These enhancements further increase the functionality and user experience offered by the IES suite, which is already the most comprehensive integrated suite of building performance analysis tools in the world,” said Dr Don Mclean, founder and managing director of IES. “Our close links with key customers at the cutting edge of sustainable design means we’re confident that the release of v5.9 will offer what architects and engineers need and want to help them design ‘green’ better informed and more efficient buildings.”

IES's dynamic thermal simulation engine has been upgraded to include localized fuel mix data for the U.S. and Australia, which gives additional accuracy to carbon performance calculations. The ability to deal with waterside economizers has also been enhanced, as well as improved functionality for unitary cooling.

Many of the companies’ key customers are at the cutting-edge of sustainable building design and use IES tools extensively to help them achieve significant energy use reductions and ensure occupant comfort. The full is the most detailed level of engagement currently offered by IES, with VE-Ware and VE-Toolkits as alternatives with slightly less capabilities for those users who only need top-level information.

A comprehensive list of the new features in IES V5.9 is given below:

New Drawing Capabilities (ModelIT):
- ‘Drag Face’ ability
- Generate sub-zones or separate zones with ‘Partitioning’ function
- Internal and external ‘Texture Assignment’ options
- Mouse driven pan, zoom and rotate functionality
- Ability to ‘Auto Highlight’ different rooms and surfaces

New Visualization Capabilities (ModelIT):
- Move through the building and record your location as a ‘Camera Path’ animation
- ‘Goto Room’ to view internally and check model integrity
- ‘Sketch Style’ and ‘Textured Rendering’ options available (end point/extension line addition, set level of sketchiness, add depth and shininess)

New Reporting Capabilities (Apache):
- Color code rooms on 3D model to visualize results and input data
- Ability to view weather data as wind rose
- Interface enhancements – more intuitive and flexible (tick box tree and integral calendar)

New Reporting Capabilities (MarcoFlo & MicroFlo):
- Unique ability to view MacroFlo bulk airflow on 3D model as arrows
- Ability within MicroFlo to interrogate air change effectiveness, local mean age of air and carbon monoxide levels

New Technical Capabilities (MicroFlo)
- Introduction of swirl diffusers – enables Underfloor Air Displacement modelling in greater detail
- Other surface boundary condition option enhancements (Fan one-way airflow openings, porous media openings, pressure boundary definition)
- Ability to track how source Carbon Monoxide is dispersed in the air stream

New Technical Capability (ApacheSim)
- Fuel factors have been upgraded to include N. American and Australian localized fuel mix data, increasing accuracy of carbon performance calculations.

New Technical Capabilities (ApacheHVAC)
- Waterside Economizer enhancement
- Unitary Cooling Systems
- Multiple inlets and outlets
- Mouse zoom and pan control
- Enthalpy optimizer

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