IES and Octopus Lab join forces for
healthier building design worldwide

IES, the world leader in dynamic thermal simulation for buildings, has signed a strategic partnership with Octopus Lab to bring indoor air quality simulation to a wider international audience.

Air quality: a global health concern

New or recently renovated buildings are becoming increasingly airtight in response to today’s need for energy efficiency. While better insulation helps to reduce heat loss, it is often forgotten that it also prevents the proper renewal of indoor air. 

Poor air quality can be the cause of many health problems, ranging from simple temporary tiredness to serious respiratory diseases. Given that we spend more than 80% of our time indoors, designing buildings that are healthy and respect the health of their occupants is a major health issue. 

The integration of INDALO®, an IAQ simulation solution, into IES’ Virtual Environment software paves the way for better air quality for as many people as possible.

IES, world leader in integrated design technologies

Suitable for both design and refurbishment, the Virtual Environment is a powerful, in-depth suite of building performance analysis tools enabling the design and operation of low/zero carbon, healthy and comfortable buildings.

From thermal simulation to solar analysis and airflow studies, the Virtual Environment offers a wide range of integrated tools to help make the best possible design decisions.

INDALO® uses INCA-Indoor©, the world's only validated indoor air chemistry calculation engine

This software solution predicts and assesses the indoor air quality of a building before it is even built. It takes into account emissions from materials and equipment, ventilation strategy, outdoor pollution, occupancy and human activity.

INDALO® thus enables building designers to make the best possible ventilation and material choices to ensure IAQ targets (regulatory or certification) in the future new or refurbished building.

For example, INDALO® simulations are integrated into Certivéa’s HQE Bâtiment Durable certification process and help to meet the IAQ requirements of other certifications such as BREEAM, WELL or LEED.

The solution also makes it possible to predict the risks of mould and viral infections and identify the most appropriate ways to limit them.

IES x Octopus Lab

With a common desire to design healthy, sustainable buildings, IES and Octopus Lab have joined forces to link data from the Virtual Environment model to the INDALO® calculation engine.

The complementary nature of these simulation tools means that they can meet the growing indoor air quality demands of building owners worldwide.

This collaboration is the result of a shared vision to address current and future health and environmental challenges.

About IES
IES is a global technology company providing innovative software solutions and consultancy services for the decarbonisation of the built environment. Over the past 29 years, IES has built a strong reputation as a provider of simulation-based design tools and is home to the world’s largest building physics analysis team.

The main tool developed by IES, Virtual Environment (VE), is the most widely used dynamic thermal simulation software for design, with over 75,000 major building construction or refurbishment projects per year.

The cutting-edge technologies developed by IES enable the energy efficient design, retrofit and continuous operational optimisation of your building(s) alongside their associated energy networks.

About Octopus Lab
Octopus Lab was founded in 2017 by a former air quality researcher, Maxence Mendez.

Octopus Lab designs and implements unique predictive solutions that improve the energy performance and indoor air quality of buildings.

Based in France, the company currently employs 23 people. The company was selected as one of the top 50 European proptech start-ups in the European PropTech Association’s 2022 Challenge and won the Air Quality Challenge innovation award organised by Covivio, EDF and Intel as part of its involvement in the 2024 Olympic Games.

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