February 22, 2018: Technology is transforming the way we design, construct and operate buildings and infrastructure. From improved decision making to increased performance across the building and infrastructure lifecycle, technology continues to light our path to a more sustainable future.
The power of the cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) are changing the way we approach energy retrofits. These innovative, smart technology solutions continue to play an essential role in commercial energy retrofits.
What is BIM?
BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an advanced 3D model-based process which supplies energy engineering professionals the tools and insight necessary to effectively plan, design, retrofit, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. BIM enhances the process of creating and managing information across a project’s lifecycle.
Creating a digital BIM permits those who interact with the building to enhance their actions, resulting in a higher life value for their building. One of the key products of BIM is the 3D digital description of every aspect of the built asset (i.e. your building). This model-based approach increases efficiency and productivity within individual organisations and draws on information assembled at key stages of a project.
How does BIM impact sustainability?
Implementing BIM in Facility Management (FM) facilitates lifecycle data management, which is the ultimate goal in developing BIM models. Multiple researchers and practitioners acknowledge that energy engineers can leverage BIM to improve FM activities, including energy retrofit planning and retrofit construction.
When it comes to commercial energy retrofits, the goal is to leverage the innovation of BIM to seamlessly transfer required building data to Facility Management information systems to further improve processes through advanced conception and analysis capabilities. In order for this to happen, energy engineers must integrate building information with FM information systems, (i.e. computerised maintenance management systems (CMMS), electronic document management systems (EDMS), energy management systems, and building automation systems (BAS)).
The design tools and energy simulations associated with BIM allow energy modellers to generate a 3D virtual model of a building. Once created, they subject that model to the building’s anticipated weather and usage patterns to predict its heating and cooling loads and energy consumption (i.e. water, electricity, etc.). This provides real-time predictions empowering energy engineers to quickly optimise the energy performance of their energy retrofits.
The Implications of BIM and Energy Retrofits
A survey by McGraw-Hill in 2009 provided feedback on the adoption of BIM technologies in the construction and retrofit industries. The survey found 72% of BIM users reported an impact of BIM on enhancing their project processes and success. Additionally, 62% of these users used BIM on more than 30% of their projects.
Through the emerging applications of BIM, we are forging the path to more sustainable buildings. When employed correctly, BIM solutions produce an infusion of data-rich, 3D design tools and accepted protocols for sharing digital information about a building’s energy consumption across multiple platforms. BIM reduces errors, streamlines cost, and improves the performance of a facility in numerous ways, including its sustainability.
Taka Solutions Energy Retrofits
Energy efficient buildings are a top priority to lowering carbon emissions on the path to environmental sustainability in the UAE and on a global scale. An energy retrofit from Taka Solutions produces a savings of up to 50% per building, dramatically optimising building efficiency and reducing energy costs and carbon emissions. Additionally, energy-efficient buildings experience immediate savings from upgraded equipment and technologies, to include:
- Lowered building and infrastructure operating costs
- Decreased risk associated with rising energy prices
- Increased asset value and cash flow
- Reduced carbon emissions
Let Taka Solutions provide you with turn-key solutions for you to realize the efficiencies of sustainability. With a little help, your organisation can be part of the change that leads to global sustainability. Contact us to schedule your energy audit or to learn more about propelling your building into the future of sustainability.