I wanted to let everybody know that Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), our Business Partner in delivering Heating and Cooling Load Analysis inside of Revit MEP, has released VE-Ware, a FREE analysis tool to all users of Revit 2008 and 2009 products.
Most of you already know about IES' flagship application for Building Performance Analysis, the Virtual Environment (<VE>). For those of you who don't, it is a model-based analysis platform that leverages one model to carry our different types of Building Performance Analysis.
The <VE> is a fully featured, very capable analysis environment. With that capability comes a significant amount of information that must be authored in a model to carry out analysis, and users must learn how to enter that information. The folks at IES recognized that there was an opportunity to streamline the <VE> analysis workflow for early-stage design, and they delivered what they called Toolkits. Toolkits are tools that leverage a Revit BIM to carry out different types of Building Performance Analysis. They released last year a plug-in for Revit that facilitates the model transfer and analysis.
Well, VE-Ware is a FREE (you read that right) tool that allows users to become familiar with the Toolkit workflow, while delivering valuable analsys related to the Energy Usage and Carbon Emissions related to the operation of a building designed in the Revit environment. Cool stuff, I know.
I highly recommend that those of you interested in Sustainable Design and its integration with BIM tools, go the to IES website and download VE-Ware. While you're at it, check out the White Paper on model preparation in Revit. That should help to provide you all with a good baseline on the concepts involved. I know it's from last year, we're updating it for this year at the moment.