IES works closely with our clients to assist them in delivering on sustainability goals, targets and objectives. Our services are tailored to suit the individual needs of each project and may vary due to a variety of factors including; location, client-side experience and resource, sustainability targets, complexity of building geometry, HVAC systems, and extent of BMS / Smart Metering infrastructure and data.
Our projects are akin to a journey; which combine the fresh and independent analytics of IES, alongside established client-side systems, knowledge and experience to deliver new insights into improved facilities management.
Outcomes from initial stages drive methodology at later stages, so it makes sense not to be too prescriptive at the beginning. The following stages outline our proposed methodology which is indicative and subject to fine tuning.
Stage One: Energy Infrastructure & Data Audit
This initial stage, though brief is arguably the most important. It involves an overall audit of all energy management systems, monitoring and control infrastructure, data collection and utilisation, digital BIM assets and other relevant internal structures. IES will deliver independent review on internal set-up, a strategy plan, and advice on any process change recommendations. Results from this stage drive the direction and potential of later stages.
Stage Two: Overarching Data Interrogation
During this stage IES use our unique data interrogation tools to undertake a high-level review of data across the estates portfolio (either historic if existing, or newly collected from stage 1). This stage is designed to identify issues and assets which display the most opportunity for significant optimisation. The results will drive pilot project selection. Through detailed discussions it will be possible to identify and agree the best balance of objectives for the pilot project and to work up a detailed implementation plan.
Stage Three: 3D Modelling & Detailed Analysis
Focusing on the chosen Pilot Project(s) IES will create an operational BIM model e.g. geometry, envelope/fabric, space usage, digitised HVAC, occupancy patterns, real site weather etc. We will fine tune this virtual building against real-life performance to create an energy benchmark specific to your actual building, and deliver a strategic review of potential improvement and refurbishment strategies, including independent audits across predicted savings and opportunity for replication across the portfolio.
Stage Four: Smart Investment Measurement
This optional service would come into play if you decided to implement any reduction strategies. It would allow you to facilitate and track implementation through digital commissioning and other evaluation methods. Utilising the 3D BIM model created in Stage Three to accurately measure and verify performance against expected outcomes. This will identify problem areas and allow you to fix them early, as well as supply lessons learnt guidance for future projects.
Stage Five: Future Strategy Roadmap
This longer term approach is based around taking a life cycle view of the building and its operation through undertaking continuous optimisation to mitigate operational drift and strategically drive maintenance and refurbishment cycles. It is an optional addition and is facilitated by the digital operational BIM model created on the pilot project(s). This service can be scaled up and replicated across the entire estate if required.