Building information modeling (BIM) towards a sustainable building design: a survey

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Environmental sustainability has become ingrained in the engineering profession to mitigate the effects of climate change. In such a context, BIM provides an efficient tool that integrates various dimensions that underpin the sustainable design performance of civil infrastructure. In its current architecture, BIM is subdivided into seven dimensions being the 6th focused on sustainability. BIM is also a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration at all levels, which enables modelling, design, operation and maintenance of systems throughout their life span. Benefits of BIM include time-saving, quicker cost estimation, minimization of processes to implement changes, integrated sustainability and life cycle cost, optimization in the use of energy including through daylight analysis, thermal design, timely detection of human errors, efficient risk management, operations and maintenance, and quantity take-off during the pre-construction phase. BIM therefore enhances conventional design approaches while embedding the sustainability aspect for improved building prototyping. In the present paper, a survey review was carried out to quantify the importance of BIM for the creation of environmentally sustainable designs. The investigation also reports on a thorough review of literature to assess its viability and relevance. The scope of this paper is therefore to provide a complete overview of BIM from a research perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101
Number of pages11
JournalCESARE Conference Publications
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2022
Event3rd Coordinating Engineering for Sustainability And Resilience, CESARE 2022 - Irbid, Jordan
Duration: 6 May 20229 May 2022

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  • 6D BIM
  • BIM
  • Green building
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable buildings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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