Building energy and carbon assessment software
Free software suitable for all building types.
Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) VE-Ware , which is available to download for free online, gives limited but incredibly valuable access to its Virtual Environment Apache thermal analysis software. New and existing buildings can now have their energy and carbon emissions easily assessed for free.
VE-Ware will help increase the energy efficiency of the world’s buildings, both domestic and commercial, by giving instant feedback on a building’s energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions based on real geometry, and using international data on climatic conditions and the typical characteristics of different building, room, and system types. It is ideal for use at early stages as it facilitates iterative design, allowing the comparison of different design, layout, and system options.
Additionally in the United States, as a direct response to the Architecture 2030 Challenge , VE-Ware will assess how the building is performing against this benchmark.
The data entry and outputs are managed for the user so that anyone can use VE-Ware to help reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of a building. For example, an architect, facilities manager, or building owner can undertake detailed energy and carbon assessments that can make a difference to the green credentials of the building.
Initially only models exported directly from Autodesk’s building information modeling (BIM) Revit platform can be accepted by VE-Ware. This will be expanded to include other options for inputting the geometry data. The goal is to make VE-Ware available globally to anyone who wishes to use it, regardless of vendor or system.
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