How Skanska Uses Building Information Modeling to Design Better Buildings
The demand for green building has been growing across the industry and evidence of sustainable features is now a requirement for many construction contracts. This has helped to drive the uptake of BIM in order to promote project sustainability from idea inception through to operations, maintenance and renovation. For Skanska, a leading green project developer and contractor, using BIM tools results in better performing buildings through life cycle efficiency, carbon footprint reductions, and enhanced facilities management.
Skanska calls this its Journey to Deep Green. The goal of the journey is to promote a more sustainable society by improving Skanska’s project and service performance, moving the company toward near-zero environmental impact. BIM and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) analyses are both vital tools to help implement this vision throughout project design, construction, operation and maintenance phases. LCC, supported by BIM, allows Skanska to take a long term and holistic approach to project decision-making that considers the cost and environmental impact of materials, equipment and technology not only now, but in the future.
Better collaboration: One way in which BIM contributes to Skanska’s journey is by allowing for the development of integrated multi-discipline building models – designs developed in close cooperation with relevant project stakeholders from the start. This collaborative approach means various stakeholders are able to work simultaneously on the design. It also provides an opportunity for the owner, users, municipalities, key suppliers and design teams to be involved in the process. The result is better performing buildings and infrastructure because complex information is combined to allow informed decisions to be made early in the design stage. BIM can also promote new and innovative methods for cooperation and interaction between these various stakeholders throughout the construction process.
Improved life cycle efficiency: BIM can also be used to model a project’s energy performance. This helps businesses to identify choices that optimise the building’s lifecycle energy efficiency during the early design phase, when changes can be made without incurring high costs.
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