Build it twice and build it right – BIM’s value to sustainability

A future of smartly designed sustainable buildings is as likely to come about because of BIM than from any legislation handed down by government, according to a Middle East-based website.

BGreen, which covers green issues as they relate to business, says that the reason BIM is so important to sustainability is that it has an effect on each stage of a given building’s lifecycle.


“From planning, to design, through construction, to operation, refurbishment (perhaps a number of times) and finally to demolition, BIM has the potential to make a real difference.”


By abandoning outmoded 2D methods, constructors are gaining “a significant advantage from BIM by taking the Design Stage Model and developing it into a Constructional Model to aid with programming and sequencing (4D), cost estimating (5D) and sub-contractor and supplier integration (6D).”


Referring to the situation in the UK, BGreen states that a number of developers “have now realised that the overall savings achieved by adopting BIM far outweigh any additional cost associated with designers developing the information to a higher level in the early design stages”.


But it’s in the Middle-East, a part of the world in which gigantic building developments are commonplace, where BGreen thinks this sustainability-friendly culture will really take off.


“The region is beginning to embrace this new technology, already using it on some major construction projects, and thanks to access to international teams has the advantage of learning from the early experience gained in the UK.”


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