Developing an Integrated BIM Process for real-time Environmental impact Assessment as per LEED v4 and COBie Requirements
The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) has emerged as an effective integration model for designing and constructing sustainable buildings. It is a process model that improves total project quality, provides quantity take-offs, ensures accurate schedules and reduces time and cost of projects. BIM has become extremely popular in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry where it is extensively used because of its capacity to support collaborative and distributed work processes that make project delivery less costly and much efficient. Even though a majority of those in the AEC industry emphasize the importance of BIM practices, most of them still argue that technology and software applications are the essence of Building Information Modeling implementation. Nevertheless, there has not been any empirical investigation focusing on the impact of BIM as an integrated process on sustainable design and construction practices. The main objective of this study is to investigate the current market trends regarding BIM application in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, and explore how it can support decision-making for achieving sustainability targets. This paper has focused on developing an integrated BIM process that is capable of maximizing the utilization of the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method and managing the information exchange procedures throughout all project stages. In particular, this process has involved the creation of informative digital models and the generation of BIM-based mechanisms for assessing building life-cycle environmental impacts. These mechanisms can provide a real-time evaluation of project’s elements within the Autodesk Revit modeling context as per the LEED V4 reference standard and the COBie guidelines.
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Building Information Modeling (BIM), Environmental Impact Assessment, LEED, sustainable buildings, construction industry, Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)