1. Establish a common language and standard of measurement for green buildings
2. Promote integrated, whole-building design
3. Raise awareness of green building benefits
4. Recognise environmental leadership
5. Reduce the environmental impact of development
Most good BIM systems now support the IFC standard, which unlike traditional methods of file translation between CAD systems, offers full data accessibility between BIM software platforms, ie. if one BIM package sees an element as a “steel IPE”, then so does the other BIM system, if they communicate via IFC. This is a very important link between these BIM platforms, as it allows both platforms to immediate “treat” the element in terms of its correct and intended definition. This becomes increasingly important, if we consider an application such as energy efficiency rating. Imagine a process between the architect who suggests a column is required, the structural engineer who specifies the exact detail of the column and the mechanical engineer, who has to calculate the heat transfer performance of the column in the context of the building project. Here the use of 3 true BIM platforms, that can communicate via IFC, will ensure that all 3 consultants can add value directly to each others input content, without any remodeling or confusing cross referencing.
This process would be enhanced in its accuracy, if verified by a model checker, to ensure that all parties could be satisfied that the content of the “greater BIM model” they are working on is constantly checked for accuracy and consistency.
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- Open BIM Program (archicadsa.wordpress.com)
- Software certification requirements in South Africa (vipenergy.wordpress.com)