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IES presentation from the CiTA BIM Gathering 2017 in Dublin - Ireland's leading academic forum on BIM and digital construction processes.
Using case study examples, IES covered how the digital transformation taking place in the construction industry is revolutionising assessment of building performance and integrating it across the building lifecycle in order to reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact of our buildings.
Effective energy management is an essential part of any sustainable strategy. Non-domestic buildings are responsible for approximately one fifth of the UK’s CO2 emissions. Efficient design of new buildings as well as retrofits and refurbishments may predict large theoretical savings on paper but actual performance often proves different once the building is operational.
In order to close the sustainable design loop and address the performance gap between how buildings are designed and how they perform in operation, the construction industry needs to integrate performance metrics and analysis against them across the whole process: masterplanning, design, construction, commissioning, handover, operation, renewable integration, retrofit and end of life.
Integration of digital performance analysis developments into a BIM approach is key going forward. Key advantages of BIM often relate to the design and construction stages, including better visualisation, improved cost estimation, energy analysis and reduced construction costs. The implementation of BIM in FM however has been slower and the benefits not always as clear. Consequently, the UK Government’s development of Soft Landing aims to ensure that future adoption of BIM is done in ways that will support facilities managers.