Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) has signed an agreement with Masdar Institute of Science and Technology to form a working partnership that will promote the creation of a more sustainable built environment.
The agreement includes the provision of free academic licenses of the IES Virtual Environment (IESVE) to students studying at the institute. IES will also provide six-week internships to the students.
IES has a vast range of building analysis software tools and will be extending its capability in a number of areas including Masterplanning, Smart Cities and Smart Building Control. Masdar Institute has educational and research and development interests in all these areas and particularly as related to Abu Dhabi and Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates. This agreement will allow students to use IES software on research and development for the Masdar Institute. IES will benefit from the feedback from this work, incorporating it into its own R&D programme.
Fred Moavenzadeh, president, Masdar Institute, said: "The agreement with Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), world leaders in precision and intelligent sustainability solutions, reflects our status as a front-runner in clean energy research, seeking collaboration with globally renowned institutions. We are privileged to enter into this partnership that will further facilitate our knowledge and human capital building efforts in the UAE and the GCC region, while helping to curb carbon emissions in built environment."
Afshin Afshari, Professor of Practice, Engineering Systems and Management, Masdar Institute, said: "Masdar Institute has a strong track record in building and city energy modelling, as demonstrated by the number and variety of ongoing research projects sponsored by major Abu Dhabi energy players, such as Tabreed District Cooling Company and the Executive Affairs Authority.
"Applications range from demand-side management decision support to urban heat island assessment and fault detection and diagnosis of air-conditioning equipment. Our agreement with IES will enable us to further develop this expertise in the service of greater energy efficiency in the building sector of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, through specialised training of our students and close interaction with the R&D team of IES."
Don McLean, founder and CEO, IES, commented: "IES has an extensive R&D programme with a large portfolio of European funded research projects in progress that are looking at the same areas of interest as Masdar Institute, and Masdar City is an ideal site to test much of this development work.
"This partnership is an excellent opportunity to make significant advancements in our joint vision for the creation of a more sustainable built environment."