We musn’t forget that BIM adoption benefits the environment

We musn’t forget that BIM adoption benefits the environment

We musn’t forget that BIM adoption benefits the environment

We musn’t forget that BIM adoption benefits the environment

BIM can help reduce carbon emissions

BIM can allow an asset to operate more sustainably, meeting green agendas and BIM Level 2, 2016, by its ability to help reduce carbon emissions throughout the lifecycle of an asset.

It does this by helping remove unnecessary processes, wasteful practices and needless mistakes during construction and by ensuring data is available about the performance of an asset’s infrastructure during operation.

This is one of the key benefits that Building Information Modelling (BIM) software technology can bring to the AECO industry – sustainability in the built environment from design to construction to operation.

Certainly, the eventual benefit that any company’s accountant will see through BIM adoption will be visible on end of year returns through increased project and operational cost efficiency. However, throughout an asset’s lifecycle, reducing environmental impact by implementing BIM software should be one of the key reasons for that implementation.

Graham Watts OBE, Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Council, stated in the UK Government’s 2012 paper – Building Information Modelling:

“It will enable intelligent decisions about construction methodology, safer working arrangements, greater energy efficiency leading to carbon reductions and a critical focus on the whole life performance of facilities (or assets).”

Of course the benefits to the economy have been at the forefront of everybody’s minds, but the environmental opportunities that BIM brings should not be underplayed – and in any event, these should themselves make a significant contribution to a stronger economic outlook for businesses and the UK.

Smart and Sustainable – Construction 2025

Construction 2025 also outlined a focus on smart technologies and sustainability in the UK Government’s industrial strategy with the aim of developing “…market and technology based plans to secure the jobs and growth opportunities from driving carbon out of the built environment, led by the Green Construction Board.” In the report, Mike Putnam, Chief Executive for Skanska, stated that:

“The emphasis on whole-life cost and retrofit supports this agenda, with reduced embodied carbon in infrastructure and more efficient heating/cooling and lighting in buildings.”

Understanding how an asset will perform in the future

With a fully digitised version of a facility or asset, containing all project data, it will be possible to predict future problems that may arise. For example, as this article from Sofie Pelsmakers from Architecture for Change highlighted, if the asset owner understands how a building has been put together, “then it should also allow us to have a better grasp of how that building should perform and later, how it might be taken apart.”

She continued:

“BIM gives access to automatically calculated and current design data useful for environmental and heat-loss analysis, such as floor and surface areas and building volumes. For optimum effect, it should be formally integrated with Building Performance Evaluation (BPE), and Post Occupancy (POE) stages and feedback. The latter is proposed to be aligned with BIM through the Soft Landings framework by the UK Government.”

Reducing the carbon footprint with shared, open, linked data

It is clear that a shared and open data model for BIM will mean a reduction in the carbon footprint of facility and asset construction. By linking data from many different sources and making this available in the digital version of an asset (in the cloud), owners and operators will be able to make decisions based on existing data and tap into new live sources of information – this is Business Collaborator’s semantic BIM vision.

With linked data, access to information (e.g. from Land Registry, Highways Agency, Ordnance Survey etc) can be accessed in the cloud through the semantic web making the vision of Construction 2025 possible. With smart city projects such as Bristol Is Open and the exploration of the uses of the Internet of Things (IoT), data connections are already being made between built environments and people’s everyday lives. In the same way, BIM opens the way for the AECO industry to do the same – enabling cleaner, greener and more environmentally friendly decisions across all its projects. Copied from Paul Baguley Blog.

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