Quartz: healthy product datasets for BIM?

When we know what our buildings are made of, we can make informed choices by selecting materials that are healthier for occupants and have a lesser impact on our environment* This blog regularly covers the intersection between sustainable, healthy products (for example the Living Building Challenge Red List) and BIM. Indeed the selection of materials … Continue reading Quartz: healthy product datasets for BIM?

Tesla’s Powerwall: a game changer for BIM and Built Environment Sustainability?

Following the announcement from Elon Musk, we have seen energy and sustainability commentators proclaiming the new Tesla PowerWall a game changer for energy management, and for good reasons, moving from centralised energy to local energy management. Tesla estimate that with only 9 million Powerwall devices, carbon targets to address climate change can be achieved and that’s … Continue reading Tesla’s Powerwall: a game changer for BIM and Built Environment Sustainability?

RegenerativeBIM … moving the GreenBIM debate

Building Information Management offers huge benefits to Sustainability and to GreenBuild, but needs to move from GreenBIM to RestorativeBIM Bringing together the two most important themes of todays built environment, Sustainability and BIM, the ThinkBIM and Green Vision programmes at Leeds Beckett are setting the agenda for GreenBIM. However we need to guard against GreenBIM falling into … Continue reading RegenerativeBIM … moving the GreenBIM debate

Lean BIM: Six reasons why construction needs to embrace BIM alongside Lean Thinking

Combining Lean Construction thinking (in the shape of Last Planner approaches) and BIM (Building Information Management) on construction projects can enable big reductions on time, cost, waste and stress, and in doing so improve profits, capability, staff wellbeing and reputation. My recent ‘Lean BIM’ lecture at Leeds Beckett, explored and discussed with case studies, how achieving the … Continue reading Lean BIM: Six reasons why construction needs to embrace BIM alongside Lean Thinking

Embedding BIM into the fabric of sustainability.

BIM has a far deeper application than just a design modelling, construction or facilities management tool. This fact has been highlighted recently through a number of events and conversations, for example; A couple of weeks back, I interviewed Denis Hayes as part of our Sustainability Leadership Conversation (#sustldrconv) series. Denis was founder of earth day way … Continue reading Embedding BIM into the fabric of sustainability.

Do we really need ‘Green BIM’?

My understanding of BIM is that it is another important step on the built environments journey of improvement, integrated approaches and increased collaborative working. I find it rather disappointing then to see concepts of Green BIM or Sustainable BIM emerging. If we are serious about holistic improvement then we should see sustainability and green issues … Continue reading Do we really need ‘Green BIM’?