I know I'm a little tardy posting this, but wanted to get it out here just in case someone hasn't seen the article yet.
Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) launched VE-Ware sustainable design software that provides limited access to the company's Virtual Environment Apache thermal analysis software.
VE-Ware reportedly gives instant feedback on a building's energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions based on real geometry and using international data on climatic conditions and the typical characteristics of different building, room, and system types. Because it facilitates iterative design, allowing the comparison of different design, layout, and system options, VE-Ware is appropriate for use at early stages of design.
Currently only models exported directly from Autodesk Revit can be accepted by VE-Ware. However, the goal is to make VE-Ware available globally to anyone who wishes to use it, regardless of vendor or system.
VE-Ware will be released in June 2008. However, interested parties can register now at the IES Web site.
The entire article can be viewed here.