It has become well documented that the building sector is the largest consumer of energy in Europe, accounting for nearly 40% of the total consumption of Europe’s energy and CO² emissions. With global warming increasing the pressure to reduce energy use in buildings, and the global construction market forecast to grow by over 70% by 2025, the European Commission (EC) has defined clear targets to reduce energy consumption and co2 emissions.
In a bid to tackle the inefficiencies and emissions associated with the construction sector, BIMcert, a collaboration of seven European academic and training institutions, is leading the development of a new energy-focused BIM Skills training programme for the entire construction supply chain.
Avril Behan, Head of BIMM and Digital Construction at Ireland’s Technological University Dublin, who are leading on Concepts and Methodologies in the Horizon 2020-funded BIMcert project, commented:
“BIM, or Building Information Modelling, is increasingly considered as a best practice model to address both energy and operational inefficiencies in construction. BIM can transform the construction sector, as it enables and supports the transition to more energy and cost-efficient practices. Building Information Modelling is essentially a digital representation of the building process, facilitating the exchange of information in a digital format. This modelling has been proven to contribute significantly to energy reduction through, improved brief setting, more integrated and optimised design solutions, better specification and site delivery, and the more efficient operation of the building in use. Early projects utilising BIM have reported reductions in construction defects, material wastage and incorrect material or component installation.”
The Belfast-led BIMcert project received €1.25 million from the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation fund as part of a Europe-wide training agenda to develop BIM skills, and drive to make Near-Zero Energy Buildings a reality.
Barry McAuley from Technological University Dublin’s School of Multidisciplinary Technologies, who are leading on the Concepts and Methodologies Work Package, added:
“BIMcert plans to develop a framework of bite-sized learning modules, which will enable individuals to upskill in BIM from any starting point, and will incorporate both online and person-led training. Our vision is to provide the entire construction supply chain, including ‘blue-collar’
workers, with access to BIM training, whilst promoting a
new generation in BIM for energy efficiency.”