Belfast Met to present in Brussels -Energy Week 2019

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Belfast Met energy projects win European Energy Week Place

Double win for Belfast Met – The Belfast Met led GenComm and BIMcert projects have both been selected to present  in Brussels in June at the European Energy Week event.

With these two international projects Belfast Met are helping to shape Europe’s energy future and now on the biggest stage of all Belfast Met staff can showcase their projects.

The Policy Conference in Energy Week, 18-20 June, 2019 is the biggest European conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe.  The conference takes place in Brussels Schuman district at the European Commission’s Charlemagne building and the Residence Palace. This week in Brussels is the largest event dedicated to initiatives that support the European energy transition.

EU Sustainable Energy Week was launched in 2006 and is organised by the European Commission. Participants can build new connections and meet stakeholders who are promoting energy efficiency and renewable energies.

GenComm is a £9.39 million project which aims to answer the energy sustainability challenges facing remote communities in North West Europe. GenComm will deliver three pilot facilities , one fuelled by solar power in Germany, one by wind power in Co Antrim and one by bioenergy in Scotland to measure their ability to produce and store hydrogen. Its viability as a sustainable energy solution for heat, power and fuel will be examined.

BIMcert is a European wide project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The project aims to provide a training and qualification scheme for the skills required to support the implementation of BIM (Building Information Modelling) across the construction chain. BIM offers the opportunity for improved efficiencies for the construction industry in energy, materials and time.

Energy Week in Brussels will bring together public authorities, energy agencies, industry associations, companies, and civil society organisations. Past speakers have come from city councils, the European institutions, private companies, research organisations, citizen groups and NGOs. Participants can learn about successful policies to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals.

As well as having a three-day stand at Energy Week the Belfast Met team will also be able to build contacts in the ‘Networking Village’ area where participants can exchange ideas on policies, showcasing the talents of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Paul Mc Cormack, Belfast Met’s GenComm Programme Manager welcomed the news of securing a place during Energy Week, saying:

“All of the GenComm and BIMcert teams are delighted with the news that we have been chosen to take the international platform in Brussels  to showcase our highly innovative work. We are on the cusp of a low carbon economy and GenComm is pioneering new energy models. The current energy model for Europe is not fit for purpose. Our GenComm project helps us all move in the right direction. Likewise with the BIMcert project we are taking digital design and energy efficiency in construction to a new level. Energy efficiency is a key directive from Europes side and we are pioneers in this field. This honour recognises the innovative strength of the projects, the fantastic talent in the project teams and importantly the vision and skills of the wider Belfast Met team”

For further information, please contact Belfast Met Communications Officer Eugene McCusker, telephone 02890 265277, email emccusker@belfastmet.ac.uk

BIMalliance

The Alliance of BIMcert, BIMplement, Net-UBIEP and BIMEET

Minimising the carbon footprint of energy use in construction – when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts!

The four BIM projects BIMcert, BIMplement, Net-UBIEP and BIMEET are collaborating under the title BIMalliance to explore areas of mutual opportunity and to minimise the energy footprint in construction.

1.1 Focus of work

  1. Energy targets, energy savings – Energy week presentation
  2. Dissemination and communication
  3. Accreditation and certification – utilise databases
  4. Exploitation
  5. Future Collaborative opportunities

1. Energy targets, energy savings : To determine position of BIM in European Energy and Climate Roadmaps beyond 2020;  to explore fields of coordination and support actions, research and innovation, as well as potential funding sources for the activities,

2. Dissemination and communication: – Establishing a common communication and collaboration platform of the 4 projects (e.g., linking their web pages; sharing information about the Alliance common work, organization of joint events, etc.), in order to provide better informing and multiple use of individual  projects’ stakeholders and followers.

3. Accreditation and certification – To initiate a common pan-European recognized certification scheme of BIM and EE skills in AEC industry  (buildingSMART option to be considered)

 4. Exploitation of results – to prepare and distribute a survey via the common platform / united web pages / for assessment of the progress on BIM maturity and acceptance, as a result of the activities of the 4 projects; to develop a common report with guidelines for future actions. fffffff

Informetric analysis and review of literature on the role of BIM in sustainable construction

RúbenSantosaAntónio AguiarCostabJosé D.SilvestrebLincyPyla

The construction industry and researchers have been exploring new techniques to improve the sustainability of buildings. One such solution is the use of a recent technology such as building information modelling (BIM). Accordingly, the present article reviews the current state of literature on sustainable construction and BIM, including the latter’s evolution. In contrast to previous reviews on this subject, the present work has a broader scope that covers the environmental, economic, and social dimensions and their combinations. To obtain a comprehensive review, the authors conducted an informetric analysis of the literature and categorised it based on a content analysis. A total of 11 different terms and 28 combinations were used to collect relevant literature on this subject, resulting in a total of 317 journal articles for the period between 2008 and 2017. The information obtained from informetric analysis was later validated by a content analysis, in which gaps and trends were identified. It was observed that publications on this subject registered an exponential growth, with 90% of the articles being published in the last five years. The authors identified a gap in literature pertaining to the integration of the three dimensions of sustainability; however, literature on the integration of sustainable performance and BIM has grown considerably in recent years, which indicates that BIM is increasingly being used as a reliable method for sustainable construction practices.

Integration of LCA and LCC analysis within a BIM-based environment

RúbenSantosa António AguiarCostab José D.Silvestreb LincyPyla

Abstract

There is a growing concern in society for the environmental impacts of a built environment. In this regard, the use of building information modelling (BIM) tools has arisen as a new trend in the construction industry to improve the sustainable assessments of buildings in the design phase. For that purpose, current approaches either focus on the use of BIM together with several programs, or solely use it for an automatic quantity take-off. However, as noted in the literature, the lack of semantic information within BIM models can lead to ineffective decision-making processes and models that are unsuitable for the operation and maintenance stages. Therefore, the present study explores the potential of BIM as a repository for the life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) information, and how that information should be used for an environmental and economic analysis. By doing so, the authors intend to discuss the potential of BIM as a data repository and its capacity for supporting an automatic/semi-automatic environmental and economic assessment.

A BIM-LCA/LCC framework was proposed, which led to the development of an information delivery manual and a model view definition (IDM/MVD), using the industry foundation classes (IFC) schema, for the integration and exchange of information within a BIM-based environment. Finally, the authors implemented the proposed framework with a case study. It is observed that, although most recent IFC schemes already consider some of the required information, a considerable number of properties are still required to conduct a comprehensive LCA and LCC analysis. Thus, the work presented here contributes to the existing background knowledge necessary for future implementations of BIM-based LCA/LCC and for software developers to develop a suitable BIM-LCA/LCC tool.

IECE Macedonia’s paper on Energy Efficiency accepted by International Symposium

IECE are continuing to grow interest in BIM through their Work Package 5. Dijana Likar from the IECE project team pointed out that  IECE’s paper ‘Application of BIM for improvement of energy efficiency throughout complete life cycle of buildings –project BIMcert funded by Horizon 2020’ has been accepted by the committee of the International Symposium ‘Energetics 2018’ and will be presented during the conference in October. There is a growing interest within the construction industry  in Macedonia in the adoption of BIM. IECE has been invited to participate in the kick-off meeting of the project TRAINEE, led by Engineering Institution of Macedonia. The main theme of the Trainee project is reducing gaps between designed and achieved performances of buildings. The project leader has expressed interest for collaboration between the two projects. Indeed members of IECE’s focus group, consisting of representatives of Macedonian Chamber of certified architects and engineers and Macedonian Chamber of Economy, have expressed interest to join the program and participate actively in the project communication activities.