How to Download and Install IES Virtual Environment
IES Virtual Environment (IESVE) is a suite of building performance simulation tools that can help you design more energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. IESVE can also help you comply with local codes and standards, such as Title 24 in California. In this article, we will show you how to download and install IESVE on your Windows computer.
Step 1: Download IESVE
You can download IESVE from the official website of IES: https://www.iesve.com/foula/software-pages/download/ve/ies-virtual-environment. You will need to sign in or register to access the download page. You can choose between the full installation package, which includes both the VE applications installer and the standard data and weather files installer, or the VE applications installer only. The full installation package is recommended for new users or users who want to update their data and weather files. The file size is about 1.61 GB[^1^]. If you are an existing user and only want to update your VE applications, you can download the VE applications installer only, which is about 1.06 GB[^1^]. You can also download IESVE for students, which is a discounted annual licence for selected IESVE applications, for just $80[^2^].
Step 2: Install IESVE
After downloading the installation file, you can run it and follow the set-up wizard to install IESVE on your computer. You will need to accept the licence agreement, choose a destination folder, and select the components you want to install. You can also choose to install plug-ins for SketchUp and Revit, if you have these software installed on your computer. The installation process may take several minutes, depending on your system configuration and internet speed.
Step 3: Activate IESVE
After installing IESVE, you will need to activate it with a licence key. You can request a licence key from the IES website, by filling out a form with your details and the products you have purchased. You will receive an email with your licence key and instructions on how to activate it. You will need to copy the licence key file to the \"Keys\" directory in your IESVE installation folder. Then, you can launch IESVE and enter your licence key when prompted. You will now be able to access all the purchased IESVE modules.
Step 4: Enjoy IESVE
Congratulations! You have successfully downloaded and installed IESVE on your computer. You can now start using it to model and simulate various aspects of building performance, such as energy use, daylighting, thermal comfort, ventilation, carbon emissions, and more. You can also check out the online help and user guides for more information on how to use IESVE effectively. You can also enroll in a free getting started course that provides an introduction to the IESVE software[^2^].How to Use IESVE
IESVE is a powerful and flexible software that can help you design and optimize buildings for various performance criteria. However, it can also be complex and challenging to use, especially for beginners. In this section, we will give you some tips and best practices on how to use IESVE effectively.
Tip 1: Plan your workflow
Before you start using IESVE, it is important to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it. IESVE consists of several applications that can perform different types of analysis, such as ApacheSim for energy simulation, SunCast for solar shading analysis, MicroFlo for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation, and more. You need to decide which applications are relevant for your project and how they interact with each other. You also need to consider the level of detail and accuracy you need for your analysis and the time and resources you have available. For example, if you are doing a preliminary design study, you may not need to model every detail of your building geometry and systems, but if you are doing a compliance or certification analysis, you may need to follow specific guidelines and standards. You can use the IESVE workflow navigator to help you plan your workflow and choose the appropriate applications and settings for your project.
Tip 2: Create or import your building model
After planning your workflow, you need to create or import your building model in IESVE. You can use the ModelIT application to create your building geometry from scratch or import it from other software, such as SketchUp or Revit. You can also use the ModelIT plug-ins for SketchUp and Revit to create or edit your model directly in these software and synchronize it with IESVE. When creating or importing your model, you need to make sure that it is suitable for the type of analysis you want to perform. For example, if you are doing an energy simulation, you need to define the thermal zones, constructions, and openings of your building. If you are doing a daylighting analysis, you need to define the glazing properties and shading devices of your building. You can use the ModelIT tools and wizards to help you create or modify your model according to your needs.
Tip 3: Assign data and run simulations
After creating or importing your model, you need to assign data and run simulations in IESVE. You can use the ApacheLoads application to assign weather data, occupancy schedules, internal gains, infiltration rates, ventilation systems, and other parameters that affect the thermal loads of your building. You can use the ApacheSim application to assign HVAC systems, plant equipment, renewable energy sources, control strategies, and other parameters that affect the energy use of your building. You can use the SunCast application to assign solar radiation data, orientation angles, obstructions, reflectance values, and other parameters that affect the solar shading of your building. You can use the MicroFlo application to assign air flow data, boundary conditions, turbulence models, and other parameters that affect the CFD simulation of your building. You can also use other applications in IESVE to assign data for other types of analysis, such as lighting design, acoustic performance, fire safety, etc. After assigning data, you can run simulations in each application and view the results in various formats, such as tables, graphs, charts, maps, etc.
Tip 4: Analyze results and optimize design
After running simulations in IESVE, you need to analyze the results and optimize your design accordingly. You can use the VistaPro application to compare results from different simulations and scenarios and identify areas of improvement or potential problems in your design. You can also use the VistaPro tools and features to perform further calculations or manipulations on your results data. For example, you can use the VistaPro formula editor to create custom expressions or functions based on your results data. You can also use the VistaPro report generator to create professional reports with tables, graphs ec8f644aee