TECHNE 23 (2022): Inside the Polycrisis. The Possible Necessary
Research and Experimentation

Environmental impacts visualization through open BIM procedures

Ambra Barbini
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile Ambientale e Meccanica, Università degli Studi di Trento
Giada Malacarne
Fraunhofer Italia Research, Bolzano
Giovanna A. Massari
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile Ambientale e Meccanica, Università degli Studi di Trento
Dominik T. Matt
Facoltà di Scienze e Tecnologie, Libera Università di Bolzano
Published March 16, 2022
Keywords
  • Open BIM,
  • IFC,
  • Environmental sustainability,
  • LCA (Life Cycle Assessment),
  • ECI (Environmental Cost Indicator
How to Cite
Barbini, A., Malacarne, G., Massari, G. A., & Matt, D. T. (2022). Environmental impacts visualization through open BIM procedures. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (23), 240-249. https://doi.org/10.36253/techne-12143

Abstract

The construction sector, also thanks to digital implementation, can contribute significantly to the control and reduction of the environmental impacts of building products and components. This article presents an open and inclusive workflow to assess environmental sustainability starting from Building Information Modelling in IFC format integrated with data on environmental impacts. By simplifying the readability of the data and exploiting the BIM model to highlight strengths and weaknesses in the life cycle of a window, a prototype software application has been developed, aiming to encourage not only conscious choices by clients but also sustainable innovations by manufacturers of building materials and components.

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