BIM (Building Information Modelling)

BIM (Building Information Modelling)

Tightening of the construction market in both public and private sectors has caused a review to find ways to optimise productivity and efficiency.

The built environment is one of the nation’s largest polluters, BIM (Building Information Modelling) can provide an integrated approach to the construction market to ensure that assets are delivered and maintained in the cleanest, leanest way possible.

Building Information ModellingThe Government Construction Strategy Report published mid 2011 announced the Government’s intention to require collaborative 3D BIM on its projects by 2016. One key task of the report is to reduce capital cost and the carbon burden from the construction and operation of the built environment by 20%, of which BIM is a big contributor to achieving this.

BIM is the total and virtual modelling and management of all aspects of a building project in its entire lifecycle from cradle to grave in one open source Building Information Model. This not only includes the 3D model but also unites the physical and functional characteristics of a facility from quantities of materials needed and work schedules on site to repair data. The resulting building information model becomes an updatable shared knowledge resource to support decision-making about a facility from earliest conceptual stages, through design and construction then through its operational life before its eventual demolition.

BIM enables all the disciplines on a project, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, contractors, clients and everyone else to share a common model and set of data representing the thing they are building. This same information is then used for the client throughout the buildings operational life and for eventual demolition.

Mitsubishi Electric provides BIM Revit files for all City Multi, Lossnay and Ecodan CAHV products. Please visit individual product pages to download the files.

Accurate and dynamic modelling of performance of heating, cooling and ventilation equipment within buildings goes a step further in understanding true efficiency and effectiveness. Environmental Design Solutions Ltd (EDSL) has partnered with Mitsubishi Electric UK to enable full integration of City Multi and Lossnay products within the Tas Thermal Analysis Software.

The software enables systems to be simply added to a project and the buildings performance to be modelled with the actual equipment to be installed. The software can not only size equipment but can demonstrate energy consumption and efficiency and create Part L compliance reports and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

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