Bentley Acquires Hevacomp, Ltd., Expanding Portfolio of Software to Improve Performance of Buildings

Acquisition Will Facilitate Sustainable Design by Equipping Building System Engineers With Rigorous Tools to Leverage Building Information Model

Exton, Pa. – Jan. 22, 2008 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced that it has acquired Hevacomp, Ltd., a Sheffield, England-based leading provider of building services design software dedicated to improving the performance of buildings. Included in its portfolio is software for energy analysis, heating and cooling load calculations, pipe and duct sizing, and electrical system design and product catalogs. Hevacomp is at the forefront of simulation for building energy analyses, incorporating in its offerings the EnergyPlus engine, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, and software certified to perform CO2 emissions calculations required under Part L of the U.K. building regulations. Market demand for these energy analysis products is growing rapidly in the United Kingdom due to highly aggressive government regulations designed to reduce the country’s carbon consumption. By adding applications to Bentley’s comprehensive portfolio that will help architects, engineers, and low-carbon consultants design buildings that consume less energy, have reduced CO2 emissions, and cost less to operate, this acquisition extends the company’s commitment to sustaining infrastructure and increasing the inventory of “green” buildings around the world.

Commenting on this latest Bentley acquisition, CEO Greg Bentley said, “The Hevacomp product line is an important addition to our growing portfolio of solutions that help sustain infrastructure and the environment. Hevacomp’s substantive analysis applications leverage the content of the Building Information Model, incorporating rigorous engineering and enabling infrastructure professionals and owner-operators to improve building performance and reduce lifecycle costs.

“On behalf of all Bentley colleagues, I welcome Hevacomp users to the Bentley user community and the Hevacomp colleagues to the Bentley team. We look forward to working closely with both to help drive innovations in applications and best practices that will be instrumental in creating the next generation of energy-efficient buildings.”

Tony Baxter, former managing director of Hevacomp and now Bentley Building’s director of product management for building services and energy analysis, said, “We are very pleased to become part of Bentley’s global organization and to help support its commitment to delivering world-class building services tools and applications. Joining forces with Bentley is the best way to build upon Hevacomp’s 30-year track record of successfully providing a complete set of design tools and content for building services engineers, mechanical and sustainability engineers, and low-carbon consultants. Together, we can extend the deployment of these solutions, along with new innovations, worldwide.”

About Hevacomp Products and Services

Hevacomp’s simulation software helps engineers and low-carbon consultants carry out complex energy analyses to examine room heat losses and gains, summer overheating, peak design months, overheating frequency, and building energy. It also produces 3D external shading graphics and internal solar penetration graphics that show moving sunshine patches within rooms. Because the simulations can be carried out with the same project data engineers already use for simple load calculations, no time is lost gathering additional data, and engineers find the analyses simple and easy to perform.

Hevacomp’s wide range of building services offerings also includes mechanical design packages for load calculations, pipe and duct sizing, and mechanical CAD; electrical design applications conforming to international wiring regulations, including lighting systems design applications and electrical CAD; plus support and training focused on satisfying the increased technical demands on mechanical and electrical design engineers.

For more information about Bentley’s Hevacomp line of products and services, visit

About Bentley
Bentley Systems, Incorporated provides software for the lifecycle of the world’s infrastructure. The company’s comprehensive portfolio for the building, plant, civil, and geospatial verticals spans architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and operations. With revenues now surpassing $400 million annually, and more than 2400 colleagues globally, Bentley is the leading provider of AEC software to the Engineering News-Record Top Design Firms and major owner-operators and was named the world’s No. 2 provider of GIS/geospatial software solutions in a Daratech research study.