下面列出了各个以前版本的 IDA ICE 的最重要的功能。
ESBO 是一个全新设计的 IDA ICE 优化向导，它使得建筑设计的前期优化变得更加容易。 采用该向导，用户只通过最小程度的输入工作量即可预测建筑和系统的不同调整优化所带来建筑节能的效果.
现在，各种区域和建筑主体都可以有任意的几何形状，包括带有中庭孔洞的建筑模型。 这些几何形状可从 SketchUp 或其它几何工具中导入。并且这些倒入对象还在三维视图中简单地被移动调整。
全新设计的类似于SketchUp的三维外观。 其它改进包括：地面落影、区域壁厚切换；外部遮阳装置、导入对象和 IFC 模型等的 X 射线视图。
New input data tables added for setpoints, room units, energy meters and HVAC systems in the General tab. A new system for adding even more tables in the future has been developed.
3D visualization of surface data
For the Surfaces input data table, the columns Type, Construction and U-value are now shown in the 3D view, also separately for every subsurface. This makes it much easier to visually verify that constructions have been defined as intended.
Energy meters button added
A button to show usage of energy meters has been added, making it much quicker than before to find how meters have been used.
New zone sensor
A new zone sensor object for reading a zone's variables in AHU and Plant simplifies cycling of AHUs.
The windows in the Window menu are shown in hierarchical structure. This makes it much easier to locate windows that have been covered on the screen, especially when several models are open.
Drag-and-drop of variables
Support for dragging (drag-and-drop) additional variables into cross-dependency (scatter) plots. This makes it easy to generate for example a plot of hourly energy use as a function of outdoor temperature.
Batch mode enhancements
It is now possible to run heating/cooling design and energy calculations in batch mode, as well to run scrips (without popup dialogs).
User defined lighting control
It is now possible to define your own control strategy for lighting.
Highlights in 4.1
Undo and Redo
Unlimited undo/redo has been added.
Support for SketchUp format
It is now possible to import shading objects using SketchUp models (.skp).
Enhanced IFC import
Improvements to the IFC import has been done, especially when positioning doors and windows in walls, improved external corners and support for multilevel spaces.
It is now possible to sort variables, to have multiple stacks and to draw values in stack bar diagrams. Tooltips and context menu works now with area diagrams and with bar chart diagrams. More options have been added for the axes.
Visualization of twist and tilt
It is now poissible to visualize the horizontal twisting and vertical tilting of window surfaces.
Listing of shading layers
The shading layer of detailed windows are shown in the list of windows.
New alternative for infiltration units has been added: m3/(h.m3 ext. surf.)
NMF and Modelica source code is now colorize, which makes it easier to read.
Zones can be resetted to the current template.
Refresh 3D view
It is now possible to rebuild the building in the 3D view.
Memory limit added
It is now possible to manually set the memory limit utilized by IDA ICE.
Highlights in 4.0
The new real-time 3D environment makes it possible to illustrate input and output parameters and to get animated results, including solar and shading graphics. It also adds an overview during all steps of a project and provides impressive presentation graphics. You can quickly edit properties by simply clicking, e.g. a wall or a window in the 3D-model.
New overview tables allow the user to get a complete overview of individual parameters of complex models. You can view and edit all important input data in tables and see, e.g., useful totals for floor areas, u-values, external wall areas, etc. These tables can also be transferred to and from Excel. Most parameters can be visualized in the 3D environment.
3D BIM import*
Support for import of 3D models in IFC (Industry Foundation Classes).
Cooling, heating and energy
A simple procedure for calculating and reporting cooling, heating, air demand and energy has been added.
Version Handling System*
The Version Handling System allows you to keep track of changes between model versions and also to automatically rerun all cases that depend on a change. It can be used to retain manual advanced level operations when a change has been made at the standard level.
Improved support for Air Handling Units and Local Units
A range of new pre-defined AHUs have been added, e.g. for night cooling and simultaneous feedback control of zone temperature and humidity. Zones may be served by multiple AHUs and custom built local units, e.g. fan-coils, local ACs and heat pumps.
Support for more complex building and roof geometries. A separate Roof Editor makes it easy to define and modify roof constructions.
Improved demand-controlled ventilation strategy where a combination of carbon dioxide concentration and temperature can be used.
Custom control systems*
For VAV-systems, window shading and openable windows it is now easy to make custom-made control systems at the standard level. An extensive library of control function blocks is included.
Unlimited undo/redo has been added.
An advanced algorithm for how solar beams are hitting and penetrating the building has been added. It also takes into account whether the beams passes several layers of internal windows.
New window model*
A new pane-by-pane window model according to ISO 15099 has been added. Available in the Enhanced Window Models extension.
Model searching and differencing*
Easy to search models and to list differences between models. Differences can also be captured as editable scripts, the application of which will convert one model to the other.
Diagrams and reports
Improved diagrams and reports. Supports larger plot-files. Signals can be dragged between diagrams for comparison. Reports are based on HTML with tables that will remain tables when moved to Excel.
Support for models written in the Modelica equation-based language.
Easy to download and install climate files to the database. EPW files can be directly downloaded and installed from any public site.
* Available in the Expert edition.