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Digital twin technology aims to put sustainability at the heart of smart cities

The platform from IES will link IoT data, sensor readings or any other data source to investigate the sustainability and energy efficiency of any built environment.

The Intelligent Communities Lifecycle platform from IES
The Intelligent Communities Lifecycle platform from IES

IES, which develops analytics solutions for the built environment, has introduced its new digital twin technology that aims to put sustainability and energy efficiency at the heart of the smart city movement.


The Intelligent Communities Lifecycle (ICL) platform links Internet of Things (IoT) data, sensor readings, open data or any other data source into one interconnected system that enables cities to investigate the performance level and sustainability of any built environment or potential project.


Decision-support tools


The ICL provides decision-support tools that facilitate the planning, design and operation of energy efficient and sustainable communities of any size and purpose, whether that be a company, campus, city or country. It aims to be a holistic tool for assessing any configuration of buildings throughout their lifecycle.

The technology will provide decision-makers with the information required to form intelligent solutions, by identifying the most effective and resource-efficient ways in which they can dramatically reduce the use of energy and fossil fuels within a community.

As one of the biggest contributors to climate change, the built environment has the potential to make the biggest impact in reducing the world’s carbon emissions. The platform is aimed at anyone interested in energy efficiency and sustainability, including city planners, architects, engineers, developers and facilities managers.

“With the ICL we can now apply sustainable analysis to communities of any size or purpose, enabling people to look at energy use holistically at a much larger scale”

IES has already delivered an interactive 3D visualisation and masterplanning model for Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, which along with virtual testing, detailed operational modelling of 21 buildings and performance optimisation, uncovered campus wide energy savings of 31 per cent and $4.7m cost savings.

The company has also developed a prototype community interaction model that enables real-time visualisation of energy data within the Trent Basin community in Nottingham, England. This model includes information on renewable energy generation and storage, alongside energy consumption data, and general information about the homes.

“Climate change is a very real threat, and much more imminent than most people realise,” said Don McLean, IES founder and CEO. “Over the last 25 years we’ve built a solid reputation as a leading innovator in sustainable analytics for individual buildings and we’ve made a huge impact, eliminating the need for around 30 power stations to be built.

“With the ICL we can now apply sustainable analysis to communities of any size or purpose, enabling people to look at energy use holistically at a much larger scale. This technology brings the opportunity to make a massive difference to the fight against climate change and secure a much better future for our children and future generations.”


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