IES was formed in June 1994 by Dr Don McLean, who has over 25 years experience in the use and development of building simulation software. The company’s roots go back to 1979 when Don started his PhD work in detailed computer simulation of renewable energy devices.
IES has been successful in bringing to market the Virtual Environment (VE) suite of integrated building performance analysis tools. As buildings need to become more energy efficient then it is more important that financial and/or performance issues are based on good quality information in order to optimise the performance. This capability also helps identify ‘greenwash’ products.
IES are widely recognised as market leaders and VE is used by many of the world’s leading building design and consultancy firms. Many North American companies have started to use the technology and IES are providing an advanced consultancy service to WalMart to help them design their new low-energy stores.Dr McLean holds a BSc (First) in Environmental Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, and also spent nine years undertaking a PhD and Post Doctoral research. He formed IES 15 years ago. He has been married for 31 years and has two children (aged 22 and 17) and he enjoys most sports – but his principal hobby is IES!