We are working with the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit at the Glasgow School of Art to integrate whole life cost estimation with Building Information Modelling, assisting designers’ decision-making based on accurate data of a building’s performance

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.

Launch events in London and Manchester

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.

7D BIM in the press


7D BIM - The BIM Identity  


Design tool could put architects back in the driving seat  


7D BIM prototype tool predicts whole-life cost and carbon impact of buildings  


Ground-breaking 7D BIM to radically reduce carbon and whole life cost  


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