Sustainability Analysis

BIM Use

Description

A process to evaluate and track the sustainability performance of a facility by using a sustainability metric system, e.g., LEED, Green Globes, etc. This process should occur during all stages of a facilities life including planning, design, construction, and operation. Applying sustainable features to a project in the planning and early design phases is more effective (ability to impact design) and efficient (cost and schedule of decisions). This comprehensive process requires more disciplines to interact earlier by providing valuable insights. This integration may require contractual integration in planning phase. In addition to achieving sustainable goals, having LEED approval process adds certain calculations, documentations, and verifications. Energy simulations, calculations, and documentations can be performed within an integrative environment when responsibilities are well defined and clearly shared.

Potential Value

  • Facilitates interaction, collaboration and coordination of team members early in the project process are considered to be favorable to sustainable projects.
  • Enables early and reliable evaluation of design alternatives.
  • Availability of critical information early helps problem resolution efficiently in terms of cost premium and schedule conflicts.
  • Shortens the actual design process by the help of early facilitated design decisions. Shorter design process is cost effective and provides more time for other projects.
  • Leads to delivery better project quality.
  • Reduces documentation load after design and accelerates certification because concurrently prepared calculations can be used for verification.
  • Reduces operational costs of the facility due to the energy performance of the project. It optimized building performance via improved energy management.
  • Increases the emphasis on environmentally friendly and sustainable design.
  • Assists project team with potential future revisions throughout the life cycle.

Resources Required

Team Competencies Required

References for Additional Information

Sample Process Map(s)

[Link to Template Process Map - Under Development]

Potential Output Information

Sustainability evaluation status and report

Source:  BIM Project Execution Planning Guide, Ver. 2.2 with minor revisions.

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