Green BIM and Green Star certification practices: Case studies in commercial high-rise office design

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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings: 38th AUBEA International Conference 20-22nd November 2013, 2013, pp. 1 - 10
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With the goal of reducing a building's environmental footprint, environmental sustainable design (ESD) and green building certification (GBC) is having an increasing influence on design practice. The application of building information modelling (BIM) is also affecting traditional ways of working. Whilst sustainability is a key underpinning of both initiatives, the consequences to design practices of their combined implementation are not well understood. Projects looking to realise the value of their collective benefit persist against an array of implementation challenges and unspecified management requirements. Using a qualitative case study approach, the authors explore the application of BIM from the point of view of ESD consultants and a GBC certification authority. Case study interviews reveal a range of new design workflow and management requirements relating to the communication and coordination of model datasets. The paper closes with a discussion of these management requirements and presents a strategy for future work.
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