Can BIM help the construction industry to tackle climate change?
BIM stands for Building Information modelling. It is a digital model of a building that brings together information about the different components of a building allowing it to be accessed and shared for a number of different purposes. BIM is a new but rapidly developing technology and it is not just for buildings, it also applies to the civil engineering industry.
BIM is widely believed to have the potential to unlock 15-25% savings in the global infrastructure market by 2025 (www.eubim.eu) But the benefits of BIM go beyond just time and money savings. it could provide some major opportunities for the construction industry to tackle with the challenges of climate change that lay ahead including the waste, energy consumption and resilience of the built environment.
Waste is a major issue in the construction industry and its reduction will help to tackle carbon footprint by cutting down on the carbon associated with raw materials, manufacture, transportation and disposal. The EU BIM have highlighted how BIM can benefit projects with more accurate material ordering which leads to less waste going to landfill.
Transparency and reporting with carbon data
BIM as a tool for retrofitting and renovation
Facilities management – recycling and data
National planning policy and sustainable development
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