LCA BIM requirements and Model Checker

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LCA BIM requirements and Model Checker

Buildings cause 35 % of global carbon emissions during their life time. Long-term sustainability requires measuring and improving the life-cycle performance of buildings – be it via materials, construction or energy use. The decisions that define the emissions for the next 50 to 100 years are mainly taken in the design phase. Thus, it is vital that designers are able to understand the impacts of their decisions.

The development of building information modelling (BIM) has a huge potential in providing timely information about the building life time emissions. As the information of the building design is in electric form it can be linked directly to LCA calculations. Tools like One Click LCA can alredy link the modelling information directly to building life cycle emissions and give the designers access to immediate feedback on the emissions.

However, not all of the models are equal. The modelling practices still vary greatly between areas, purposes of the model, and even between individuals who have created the model. This may have implications on the usability model for LCA and reliability of the results.

Co-operation project to define the modelling requirements and to give automated feedback

In this project we have taken up this challenge and aim to create a set of modelling requirements the design teams can use to ensure their model’s suitability for life cycle assessment. Additionally, the modelling requirements will be developed further to an automated Model Checker tool, which designers can use to test their model’s suitability for LCA and  get immediate feedback if something needs to be corrected.

The project steps and schedule

The project will follow these steps:

  • Testing current models and defining the minimum requirement for the modelling practices (November 2017 – February 2018)
  • Creating the Model Checker –tool prototype (January – April 2018)
  • Piloting the requirements and Model Checker tool in pilot projects (April –June 2018)

Join now to get feedback on your models and to learn to efficiently use LCA with BIM

We are looking for participants who want to get feedback on their models and test the Model Checker too. At minimum joining the project will only require that you’ll give use access to some of your models so that we can test them the first phase of the project and give you feedback on the results. Later on you can also join the piloting phase to get access to the Model Checker and test it in one of your projects. This phase will also provide you with an understanding of how LCA can be used in practice in your projects, along with the carbon footprint and other LCA results. All the pilot participants will also receive training on the topic so this can be a really nice way to increase the competences of your design team or company.

For more information, please contact: Tytti Bruce-Hyrkäs, tytti.bruce@bionova.fi, +358 500655020

Why should you participate in this project?

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Get instant feedback and participate in a free training

Improve your BIM model and increase your team members’ competence by taking part in a free LCA training.

Learn how to implement Life cycle assessment methodology

Understand your LCA results and gain maximum practical value for your project.

Be the first one to access the upcoming Model Checker tool

Participants of this project will get exclusive early access to the BIM Model Checker tool, so be sure to sign up!