Modelling software approved for Part L 2010

Integrated Environmental Solutions has become the first company to have its Part L 2010 compliance software approved by the Communities department.

IES VE-DSM provides dynamic simulation Building Regulation compliance for all types of non-domestic building. Approval of its software for domestic properties is under way and should be available in early October.

Dynamic Simulation offers designers the ability to model how a building design will perform in detail and to find out if it will comply with energy regulations.

According to the company, tests have shown that SBEM 2010 - the government’s more basic tool for showing compliance - can limit designers to the use of expensive renewables in order to achieve a pass, whereas dynamic simulation modelling frees up designers to focus more clearly on real low-energy design issues; allowing more complex and sophisticated heating, ventilation and air condiitoning strategies to be modeled.