Clarifying the Role of Building Information Modeling in Green Building Certification

The University of New South Wales
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of 37th Annual International Conference Australian Universities Building Educators Association, 2012, pp. 499 - 510
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A new trend in improved green building certification (GBC) outcomes enabled by building information modelling (BIM) is emerging in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector. Developing an integrated approach to GBC and BIM processes has the potential to not only further minimise the environmental impact of construction developments but also increase the efficiency of GBC processes and provide additional incentive to adopt BIM. This paper builds a theoretical framework for an integrated GBC-BIM system and serves as a backcloth for identifying possible investment needs to develop the approach. Benefits to clients, end-users, AEC practitioners, government, society and the environment are identified. Three uncertainties are recognised regarding the applicability and feasibility of an integrated approach, notably that it will require additional resources, and adaptive project structures to administer meaningful process integration.
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