The BIM information needs for sustainability in conceptual design

Mustafa Selcuk Cidik, David Boyd, Niraj Thurairajah

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Sustainability in construction has attracted considerable attention from scholars as well as from regulatory bodies. However, early design stage sustainability analysis remains problematic because of the conflicting factors affecting sustainability, the limited and fragmented project data in hand at early design stage and deficiencies of existing sustainability analysis software for quick evaluation of conceptual design alternatives. BIM's building information management and integration capabilities present opportunities to support early design sustainability analysis. In this paper, early findings of an on-going
BIM based early design sustainability analysis application development project are presented. Through literature review and in-depth interviews conducted with a sustainability professional, a categorization of the information needed for quick evaluation of different conceptual design alternatives from a sustainability point of view is developed. The categorization developed and presented in this paper aims to guide further stages of the project of the development of the application and also to support the writing of a BIM Execution Plan for projects where holistic early design sustainability analysis is intended.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARCOM doctoral workshop on BIM
Subtitle of host publicationmanagement and interoperability
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventARCOM Doctoral Workshop on BIM Management and Interoperability - Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Jun 201320 Jun 2013


WorkshopARCOM Doctoral Workshop on BIM Management and Interoperability
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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