Why BIM & digital twins are the net zero solution

Discover the hidden potential of open data for property management.

Buildings are a significant contributor to overall energy consumption, accounting for over a third of total usage. In light of this, it is essential that we all take responsibility for reducing the environmental impact of buildings. With governments setting ambitious targets and implementing net zero legislation, efforts are being made to address this issue. However, it is important to question whether these efforts are enough to achieve the necessary reduction in energy usage, and what more there is to do?

To achieve ambitious energy goals, it’s critical to have a robust digital strategy for evaluating, monitoring, and controlling building performance and energy usage data. This will enable us to analyze, benchmark, and enhance the performance of our buildings more efficiently. Could BIM and digital twins be the answer, by providing a single source of truth and real-time information to improve collaboration and decision making among stakeholders, and push for better performance and cost savings?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital twins are increasingly being recognized as essential tools in achieving net zero emissions in the construction industry. BIM is a process that involves creating a digital model of a building that includes all the necessary information about its design, construction, and operation. A digital twin is a virtual replica of a physical asset or system, allowing for real-time monitoring and analysis of its performance.

In this blog post, we will explore how BIM and digital twins can be leveraged to achieve net zero energy goals. We will highlight benefits of these technologies, including their ability to provide structured data that can be used to make informed decisions and steer organizations towards sustainable solutions.

Why BIM and Digital Twins is the answer

Companies can use BIM and digital twins and the data they generate to improve processes and decision-making in various ways. Some examples are stated below:

  • Identifying and prioritizing high-impact energy consumers (polluters) within a portfolio, so that appropriate actions can be taken to address them.
  • Utilizing data to make changes to maintenance, refurbishments, and new adoptions. This can help to recycle and make conscious choices in terms of materials and construction methods.
  • Utilizing data to evaluate designs, plan efficient spaces, and make informed decisions on materials and construction methods when building new structures reducing the need for costly retrofits later.

The combination of BIM and digital twins enables organizations to make informed decisions about their building portfolio, leading to more sustainable solutions. By analyzing data on the energy consumption and carbon footprint of buildings, companies can prioritize their efforts to reduce emissions and adopt more sustainable practices.

Another way to use BIM and digital twins is to ensure that digital building component information includes environmental information in a collaborative format. This allows for early collaboration with building services engineers to make design decisions that favour low-carbon and renewable technology.

The use of digital twins also enables real-time monitoring of a building’s performance, allowing for early identification of issues and enabling preventative maintenance. This can help to reduce the carbon footprint of a building by minimizing the need for energy-intensive repairs and replacements.

BIM and Digital Twins in practice

The combination of BIM and digital twins can be highly effective in practice, there are several ways these technologies can be used to achieve excellent results. Here are a few examples of how BIM and digital twins can be put into action:

  • By front-loading the basic design of a building, the potential for changes later in the design process can be reduced, improving efficiency, and reducing costs.
  • Using digital building component information that includes environmental data in a collaborative format, this can support early decision making and collaboration between stakeholders to prioritize low-carbon and renewable technologies, with full-awareness of the environmental impact.
  • Early collaboration with building services engineers to make design decisions that favour low-carbon and renewable technology, this will ensure that buildings are designed to be energy-efficient from the outset, with a focus on the long-term environmental impact.

BIM and Digital Twins is the future

In conclusion, BIM and digital twins are powerful tools in the drive towards net zero emissions in the construction industry. By providing accurate and comprehensive data on building performance and consumption, these technologies enable organizations to make informed decisions and adopt sustainable practices. As the capabilities of BIM and digital twins continue to evolve, they are likely to play an even greater role in the transition to a cleaner, greener building process.

If you want to know more about how your business can generate value with open data, or how you can digitize your properties and data sources with Digital Buildings and Zynka, contact us.



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