BIM driving sustainability for low energy college development

The use of Building Information Modelling has enabled a college building to use eighty percent less energy for heating and hot water, and seventy percent less for electricity.

The Rural Regeneration Centre at Hadlow College, Kent, was designed using BIM, which allowed for the architects, Eurobuild (a RIBA chartered company specialising in low-energy architecture) to “assess energy performance at an early stage, without exporting to another tool”, meaning the sustainability of the project was much more manageable.


The project, located within the confines of the college’s fully-operational dairy farm, is ninety percent new build and ten percent the refurbishment of a disused cow shed and was constructed in just three days.


BIM was used for model driven pre-fabrication, which allowed designers to virtually rehearse the construction, to perform a build simulation measuring the cost of work needed to improve the empty cowshed before it was joined to the new build, to devise a visual plan to ensure project areas weren’t over-populated with workmen and machinery and for calculating aftercare data, which in this particular instance was the creation of a website hosted by Eurobuild.


The project has inspired Eurobuild to look even further into new developments within BIM software, meaning their future projects can have even less of a carbon footprint.


The RCC has been nominated for two prestigious awards, and even won the Environmental Project of the Year 2011 in the Construction Computing Awards for the ground-breaking use of BIM during it’s build.


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How pivotal do you think BIM use is to the cutting energy costs?