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?
Why did I seek to put Green BIM into Room 101 ? Did I not tweet only this week that Green BIM is one of the more important developments in the built environment? The label, or hashtag for GreenBIM is so riddled with issues, I was only able to skim during the 2 mins allowed in … Continue reading Why did I seek to put GreenBIM into Room 101?
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?
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
Green BIM is healthy, yet only just coming of age with a long way to go. Here is the outline and summary and the Green BIM round table I chaired at the brilliant ThinkBIM/Green Vision event in Leeds on 3rd Dec. More information, reports, blogs and videos from the event can be found through the ThinkBIM blog Introduction: … Continue reading Green BIM – a thinkBIM round table summary
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
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.
We are hearing more and more of ‘Responsible Business‘ approaches, generally taken to mean a combination of sustainability and CSR. But what happens when this emergent thinking in Construction meets BIM? Responsible BIM? Below is the transcript or notes behind my pecha kucha presentation, exploring Responsible BIM, made to the excellent ThinkBIM event on 2 April in Leeds, . … Continue reading Responsible BIM
I had the opportunity to experience the gamers device, the Oculus Rift, at a recent Lancashire Construction Best Practice Club event on BIM, courtesy of Vin Sumners from Clicks and Links, taking a virtual tour through the Manchester Town Hall linked to the BIM model for that project. Interesting to see then that Second Life … Continue reading BIM: Gaming Down Barriers
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’?