New IES VE-Gaia Early Stage Analysis Additions Double Capabilities for Architects at No Extra Cost

Additions include sustainable analysis across Energy/Carbon, Daylighting, Solar Shading and Much More

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Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a provider of integrated performance analysis software and consulting services for sustainable building design, today announced new early stage design capabilities for its Architectural VE-Gaia tool. New functionalities of the software include sustainable design analysis for energy/carbon, daylighting, solar shading, renewable energy feasibility and new metrics for the AIA 2030 Challenge, among others.

These new analysis functions come hot on the heels of the recently added Bio-Climatic Design capabilities, announced in June 2010. A revolution in building performance simulation, VE-Gaia is an easy-to-use workflow system which guides users step-by-step through how to undertake model setup, assign data, iterate workflows, trigger simulations, filter results and produce automated visual and rich-text reports. The tool is ideal for those without expert building simulation knowledge and experience, providing the perfect entry level to key sustainable analysis functions.

Within VE-Gaia, users can input and manipulate exact building data, allowing progression from early ballpark comparisons into more detailed calculations. Additionally, IES’ VE-Gaia has plug-in connectivity to SketchUp™ and Revit®, plus gbXML and DXF import capabilities - allowing for quick, effective model import and iteration at all stages of the design process.

VE-Gaia now provides in-depth sustainable analysis across the following:

  • AIA 2030 Challenge
  • Climate Interrogation/Bio-Climatic design
  • Energy Use/Carbon Emissions
  • Peak Building Loads
  • Low/Zero Carbon Technology Feasibility
  • Solar Shading/Daylight
  • Natural Resources/Water
  • Building Metrics/Materials Review

“With this upgrade to VE-Gaia, we are providing the most functionality seen in today’s market at this price point,” said Don McLean, Founder and CEO of IES. “We are especially excited to bring to market this one of a kind ‘guided analysis’ which includes both increased efficiency and accuracy – ideally suited for architects working in the early to middle stages of the design process.”

While this newly enhanced VE-Gaia solution is more feature rich than ever before, IES has chosen to leave the price point the same. See for more information. New Users are also provided the opportunity to “try before you buy” with a free 30 day trial. For additional information or license options, contact Email Contact.

About IES

Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) Ltd. is an innovative company at the forefront of the use and development of powerful software simulation tools which help architects, engineers, facilities managers, and all those involved in the development and management of buildings design and maintain truly sustainable properties. IES was established in June 1994 and is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, with offices in Dublin, Eire; Boston and San Francisco, USA; Vancouver, Canada; Pune, India and Melbourne, Australia. IES also runs a specialist international environmental performance consultancy division whose expert team include experienced LEED, BREEAM, Green Star Accredited Professionals and Accredited UK Energy Assessors. IES’ services and products aid significantly in the provision of healthier and more energy efficient built environments. For additional information, please visit


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