Sustainable construction enhanced through building information modeling

L. Alvarez-Anton, J. Díaz, D. Castro-Fresno

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There is little doubt that the implementation of sustainability in the construction industry is currently an obligation. Despite all the initiatives that are being promoted internationally, there is still much to be done. This development will require new procedures and a change of thinking in the industry. A global approach which considers construction during its whole life cycle from a triple perspective is essential. Building Information Modeling (BIM) may be seen as a suitable methodology for the industry’s transformation towards sustainability. In order to achieve a wider perspective during the decision-making process, environmental information can be combined with BIM. The integration of environmental criteria in smart objects contained in different BIM libraries is surely a promising initial step. This paper will present an evaluation of such an approach and highlight its respective strengths and weaknesses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil Engineering 2015
EditorsWilliam J. O'Brien, Simone Ponticelli
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages708 - 715
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479247
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2015 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering - Austin, United States
Duration: 21 Jun 201523 Jun 2015


Conference2015 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Industries
  • Construction methods
  • Environmental issues
  • Life cycles
  • Decision making
  • Building information modeling
  • Construction industry


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