Building Information Modeling for Green Construction


Green construction is rapidly transforming the design and construction industry in the United States. Simultaneously, a growing number of industry practitioners are embracing the advantages of Building Information Modeling (BIM). As a logical development of these trends, green building project teams are increasingly discovering how BIM tools can help them achieve more sustainable outcomes. These tools provide immediate insight into how design decisions impact building performance. Building information modeling also encourages an integrated design process – a critical strategy for making projects greener. Because of the way BIM facilitates green design, green construction and sustainable outcomes, the growth of green construction as an accepted, widespread practice is helping to accelerate BIM adoption.

This SmartMarket Report studies the symbiotic convergence of these formerly separate trends into an emerging practice referred to as Green BIM. We believe that all industry players – including design firms, contractors, owners and building product manufacturers – need to think strategically about the role Green BIM can play to help position them as leaders in the green construction marketplace. To provide context for this evaluation, the report examines how BIM is used now on green projects and what BIM users see as the potential for Green BIM in the future. We found, for example, that Green BIM is poised for great growth. 78% of building information modeling users who do not currently use it for green projects expect to be doing so within 3 years.

Highlighting the exciting evolution of Green BIM, the report also captures perspectives on its future from a broad range of green building experts and BIM technology leaders – as well as case studies that demonstrate a variety of Green BIM contributions to achieving sustainable outcomes. These real-life examples reveal specific advantages building information modeling brings to green construction projects – enabling cutting-edge design and technology integration, prefabrication and better building performance and daylighting.

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