Exploring an implementation framework for building information modelling to support sustainable development in the Lebanese construction industry
: a qualitative approach

  • Michel Ghostin

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Building Information Modelling for Sustainable Development in Lebanon has been identified as a growing and revolutionary tool capable of improving the performance of the construction sector. With a growing population and overurbanization, there is an increasing demand for construction projects in Lebanon, thus hindering the environment and consuming natural resources. The Lebanese construction sector has been neglecting the importance of sustainable development; however, this research adopts a qualitative approach to explore the influence of implementing Building Information Modelling in the Lebanese construction industry to support sustainable development. The aim of this research is to develop a theoretical framework for the successful implementation of BIM by examining the barriers limiting BIM implementation in terms of economic, social, and environmental sustainability also referred to as sustainability pillar. Interviews were carried out with construction professionals in Lebanon to understand the definition, benefits, barriers, and current sustainable performance to further examine the implementation of BIM. The proposed theoretical framework is divided into seven components that will unlock the possibility of implementing BIM in the Lebanese construction industry to achieve sustainable growth. The results demonstrated that the implementation of BIM for Sustainable Development is achievable by identifying the main barriers of economic, social, and environmental sustainability which will be incorporated in the existing standards and technologies of BIM. The validity of the proposed theoretical framework was examined by the Lebanese construction industry and instituted the direction for future research.
    Date of AwardNov 2020
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Coventry University
    SupervisorAbdussalam Shibani (Supervisor) & Messaoud Saidani (Supervisor)


    • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
    • Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC)
    • Lebanese construction
    • Sustainable Development
    • Sustainability pillars

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