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Green BIM at Ecobuild

Guest blogger Margaret Reynolds reports

Ideal Standard’s bottle thinker was one of the more eye-catching installations at Ecobuild, but on a more serious note there was quite a lot on BIM at the show this year.

Prof Andrew Thomas ran an excellent session on Tuesday morning on BIM’s potential for sustainability and avoidance of waste. I am teaching students about this in RIBA Office-Based Exam course. The 3-D central model embeds specification information in the graphics and joins up all dicisplines at all work stage, as well as post occupancy maintenance, refurbishment and demolition. This avoids duplication of human effort and moves the standard medium of communication away from paper, some of the reasons for the gross inefficiences of the construction industry.  Two books on the subject were on the RIBA Bookshop stand - both from America.

The Government will require BIM for procurement and management of all public projects from 2015, so that will start to push it through industry.

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