At the recent SEAI Energy Show, a panel of BIM experts (see inset) was challenged to explain how, while digitalisation of the construction process is recognised as the way forward if we are to realise net zero objectives, BIM is the enabling tool that will make it possible. In this special report by Building Services Engineering we capture the essence of their deliberations, and the conclusions drawn.
As with all new processes and technologies, there is a learning curve for those involved. Hence the panel took a unique approach to the challenge by addressing how BIM can be used to harness all four primary quadrants of the energy cycle – Plan: Potential Energy; Design: Embedded Energy; Build: Operational Energy; Operate: Sustainable energy.
This paper outlines the experts’ input, experiences and opinions on how BIM can best be utilised, and how the various challenges posed can be addressed by utilising BIM to manage and minimise energy aspects of construction.
See full PDF at Enabling energy management in AEC