If you’re at the International Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Exposition in Chicago (brrrrrr) today, tomorrow and/or Wednesday, look in on Booth 3128 to see Integrated Environmental Solutions‘ innovative energy modeling technology at work. Learn how to simplify LEED energy modeling and quickly assemble HVAC plant and control systems through demonstrations of IES’ VE-Navigator for ASHRAE 90.1 and ApacheHVAC software tools. According to Dr. Don McLean, founder and CEO of IES:
With our HVAC and ASHRAE 90.1 tools, users can model energy-efficient systems in conjunction with dynamic simulation for a whole-building approach. As the ‘Hub’ for sustainable design advancements, we look forward to participating at AHR Expo and demonstrating the importance of utilizing quantifiable performance information to design truly sustainable buildings.
VE Navigator and LEED
Through a detailed step-by-step workflow, the VE-Navigator simplifies and streamlines LEED energy modeling and the LEED analysis and submission process. The company also claims it improves modeling efficiency and enables users to model ASHRAE 90.1 & 62.1 baseline systems more accurately by automating key sizing and system processes. The tool also creates reports automatically in a format suitable for submission and includes built-in quality assurance. This minimizes errors and supports design team collaboration.
ApacheHVAC enables users to simulate and review a building’s HVAC system as part of an integrated design process. It integrates with IES’ thermal analysis tool to provide a building-integrated approach where the HVAC system and building are assessed as a whole. This allows heat transfer and thermal mass in the building to be accounted for alongside system performance. As part of the new VE 188.8.131.52 thermal systems package, the ApacheHVAC module was enhanced to include additional equipment modeling features and an extensive library of pre-defined systems. The new library allows users to quickly import and customize prototype systems, ranging from basic VAV to mixed mode, UFAD and DOAS with active chilled beams. This feature will save significant time and provide greater productivity by facilitating autosizing and modeling.