Software specialist Integrated Environmental Solutions adds a BREEAM calculation tool to its building energy design package

Buildings simulation specialist Integrated Environmental Solutions has added a tool to its software suite that will help designers carry out BREEAM assessments more easily. IES tools are used to design building service solutions and predict energy use. The new tool which is called VE-Navigator will automatically determine what BREEAM performance credits will be available for a proposed building design. It will also check the results for all allowed approaches to ensure designers are picking up the maximum number of BREEAM credits. IES has signed a memorandum of understanding with the BRE who own the BREEAM suite of environmental assessment methods for a range of building types. The tool is the first in a series that will help designers streamline the assessment process.