Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Green Architecture

The IES (Integrated Environmental Solutions Virtual Environment) toolkit helps to provide Revit users with the ability to perform an energy analysis that is pretty true to form. While Revit Architecture does hold the sun study tool, IES VE gives designers greater freedom and information in regards to sustainability of the project. In early stages of the design process, I would say anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of changes occur which can dramatically effect the energy output. The IES toolkit will formulate outputs for energy use, carbon use, solar studies, as well as many others. Below is an image of a small complex exported to IES. As you can see, you can set the model properties with building type, system, and place and location.

You can tell IES to calculate and create a building analysis in which calculations for areas for walls, floor, ceiling, glazing, and other surface areas will be displayed. You can also choose to view the model in various displays and walkthroughs. Once the model has been checked, you then select the check box "I have checked the model is suitable for analysis". Click OK

You can then select the Toolkit Icon and run a number of toolkits. For more information on the IES software, visit

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