Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Integrating life cycle sustainability analysis with BIM
Authors: Meslec, Mihaela
Ashworth, Simon
Druhmann, Carsten K.
Proceedings: Research papers for the 17th EuroFM research symposium, 5-8 June 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria
Editors of the parent work: Tucker, Matthew
Page(s): 96
Pages to: 108
Conference details: 17th EuroFM Research Symposium (EFMC 2018), Sofia, Bulgaria, 5-8 June 2018
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher / Ed. Institution: EuroFM
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Schiphol-Rijk
ISBN: 978-94-90694-09-8
Language: English
Subjects: Sustainability; Life cycle costing (LCC); Life cycle assessment (LCA); Building information modelling (BIM); Facility management (FM)
Subject (DDC): 658.2: Facility Management
690: Building and construction
Abstract: Purpose: Sustainability analysis tools such as Life Cycle Costing and Life Cycle Assessment address the economic and respectively, the environmental aspects of sustainability. Both methods assist stakeholders to make well-informed decisions during the early design phase of buildings and infrastructure. This paper considers how the real benefits for users and society emerge when life cycle tools are integrated with Building Information Modelling. In this way, it will become easier to compare different solutions in the design phase and select the one that contributes best to user’s well-being and the sustainable aims of society. Design/methodology/approach: Mixed research methods were used: 1) a literature review focused on Building Information Modelling and life cycle sustainability analysis; 2) expert interviews with real estate, facility management and sustainability consultants; 3) an online questionnaire; 4) small case study. Findings: The research highlights first the importance of collaboration and awareness in the development of an integrated Building Information Modelling-Life Cycle Costing-Life Cycle Assessment model. Then, the factors which support or challenge the integration were identified based on which a first integration model is proposed. Using such approach can contribute to sustainable development and subsequently to the wellbeing of people. It is important to consider the long-term implications of design because buildings and infrastructure use a significant amount of energy. However, research shows the environmental impact and lifecycle costs are often not seen as key factors in decision making about best value solutions, yet they have a huge influence over the entire life. The new developed approach can overcome these problems by empowering stakeholders to collect and exchange information critical to life cycle sustainability analysis therefore enabling economic/environmental trade-offs and validating the calculations. Practical applications and value: Life cycle analysis with Building Information Modelling tools will assist decision-making in the early phase of a project by focusing the investment appraisals on life cycle costs and environmental impact. The new approach encourages collaboration between planners, design teams and facility managers and can be applied to support the design, construction and operation of more sustainable assets. The value of the integration model comes from improved and new functionalities such as increased accuracy, collaboration, more design options assessed. A win-win scenario can be achieved to maximize the potential financial benefits, while minimising the environmental impact of the design over the entire life cycle.
Further description: Paper issued as part of conference proceedings
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Facility Management (IFM)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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