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Friday, May 16, 2008

Free VE-Ware Sustainable Design Software Available in June for Revit

Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) launched VE-Ware sustainable design software that provides limited access to the company's Virtual Environment Apache thermal analysis software for free.

VE-Ware reportedly gives 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. Because it facilitates iterative design, allowing the comparison of different design, layout, and system options, VE-Ware is appropriate for use at early stages of design.

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, for example, whether it meets the current Architecture 2030 50% energy reduction targets.

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, the company states. For example, an architect, facilities manager, or building owner can undertake detailed energy and carbon assessments that can make a real difference to the green credentials of the building.

Currently only models exported directly from Autodesk Revit can be accepted by VE-Ware. However, over the coming months the company plans to expand the software's capabilities 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.

The free VE-Ware will be released in June 2008. However, interested parties can register now at the IES Web site.

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