As we embark on a new decade, discussions surrounding the sustainability and longevity of our buildings have reached fever pitch, particularly within the context of the UK’s commitment to a 2050 target of carbon neutrality and a 33% reduction in whole life cost by 2025.
Alongside the Mackintosh School of Architecture, we have conducted research into new software that will greatly assist the government in achieving these essential targets. The revolutionary technology will integrate advanced BIM (Building Information Modelling) with cloud-based whole life cost and carbon databases, enabling those commissioning and designing buildings to make better and more informed decisions at every stage of the design process.
7D BIM allows those in the architecture, engineering and construction industries to more accurately predict whole life cost and carbon, allowing them to understand the long-term viability of alternative design options. According to research, the cost of operating a building over a 30-year period can be four times the cost of designing and constructing it, and that 80% of the operation, maintenance and replacement costs can be influenced in the first 20% of the design process.
Our research champions data-driven decisions for safeguarding the future, empowering developers to deliver long-life, lower-cost buildings. This involves data collected during the design and construction phases of a project, as well as collating information once a building is complete, helping to inform new briefs and processes, providing accurate estimation of a building’s performance.
We are delighted that our 7D BIM prototype was Highly Commended by the judges of the AJ100's Best Use of Technology Award. The judges described 7D BIM as "highly innovative and with huge potential to transform the industry for the better."
We held events in London and Manchester to launch the research and mark the culmination of our two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which concluded in January 2020.
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