Building Information Modelling: empowering energy conscious design

Neveen Hamza, Margaret Horne

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The increasing awareness of climate change and carbon dioxide emissions from the built environment is resulting in the need to visualize the environmental performance of buildings. One of the recent drivers in the UK has been the tightening of building regulations relating to energy consumption in buildings, mandating all buildings to be performance evaluated by accredited environmental simulation tools to test their carbon dioxide emission against set targets. Currently there is major confusion on all levels from architects to building control officers and contractors on how to engrain energy consciousness principles in the design and construction of buildings. Within this context, ‘Building Information Modelling’ that is linked to ‘Building Performance Modelling’ is increasingly being looked upon as a tool to facilitate the communication between the design team and contractors and to provide a transparent information model on the specification and targeted energy consumption of all new/ refurbished buildings to all parties involved. In this paper, analysis of the benefits and drawbacks of current efforts to combine those two comprehensive databases will be investigated. A sample of main software development companies, architects and contractors, using semi-structured interviews is undertaken to find out how Building Integrated Modelling (BIM) and Building Performance Modelling (BPM) can support the design and construction teams to deliver energy conscious buildings.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2007
Event3rd international conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ASCAAD 2007) - Alexandria, Egypt
Duration: 28 Nov 2007 → …


Conference3rd international conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ASCAAD 2007)
Period28/11/07 → …


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