IES Supports Local Design Community through University of Minnesota Training Program

Unemployed architects and engineers to receive free training in building energy modeling using VE-Gaia through state-funded workshop

MINNEAPOLIS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 8, 2011Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a provider of integrated performance analysis software and consulting services for sustainable building design, today announced its support for a free training workshop for unemployed and underemployed Minnesota architects and engineers. IES is providing its VE-Gaia software free of charge to the Building Energy-Efficiency and Energy Modeling Training program at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research. The program was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Minnesota Department of Commerce through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

The three-day training sessions will focus on building performance analysis, taking an in-depth look at energy flows in select building types and using computer energy models to improve efficiency within these buildings. University of Minnesota Research Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Design Richard Strong will walk attendees through the process, using free VE-Gaia and its integration with SketchUp to demonstrate how analysis such as energy consumption, CO2 emissions and real climate data is crucial in designing energy efficient buildings in the 21st century.

“Our goal for this project is to provide hands-on training using IES’ software, giving architects and engineers the tools they need for today’s market,” said Strong. “Times are tough, and we hope our partnership with IES and these training sessions give un- and underemployed Minnesota designers the edge they need to jump back into the competitive workforce.”

There are five three-day sessions scheduled throughout the state:

  • November 15-16, 2011 – St. Paul
  • November 29-30, 2011 – St. Paul
  • December 6 - 7, 2011 – Rochester
  • December 14-15, 2011 – Duluth
  • January 2012 TBD – Moorhead

“We recently opened an office in Minneapolis and are happy to be a part of the local design community. By providing our dedicated architectural software VE-Gaia to this program, we are giving local architects and engineers the tools they need to get back into the workforce and design efficient, sustainable buildings,” said Nathan Kegel, Project Manager and Business Development Manager for IES. “We think it’s important that every architect and engineer have the knowledge and understanding of how building performance affects the environment.”

For more information and to sign-up for a session, contact Richard Strong at Email Contact.

About IES

Integrated Environmental Solutions’ (IES) mission is to advance the sustainability of the world’s built environment through the use of integrated performance modelling technology, delivering resource efficient, low-energy, zero-carbon buildings and cities for future generations. For additional information, please visit You can also follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest IES news, or read our blog.





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