Throughout this text, we will address how BIM contributes to sustainability. The world that welcomes us is increasingly populated. If in 2020 there were almost 8 billion inhabitants, by 2050 about 9.8 billion people are expected to live on our planet. Population growth creates the need to build more infrastructure. Throughout this article we will address how BIM methodology contribute to sustainability in the construction industry.
As more infrastructure is created, emissions of polluting gases increase. Fortunately, with the democratization of processes, the implementation of BIM methodology and technological advances, construction can also be sustainable!
The reputation of the construction sector is still not the best when it comes to the well-being of the environment. It was further aggravated in recent years, when global authorities considered construction as a major contributor to climate change. This, due to large emissions of greenhouse gases and consumption of raw materials.
The challenge is ambitious, but the need to make the sector more sustainable is urgent. Fortunately, technology has arrived in the industry with a solution that not only optimises processes, making them more profitable, it also guarantees an important control over issues of pollution and waste of raw materials.
It is at this stage that BIM (Building Information Modeling) methodology appears. This methodology allows, through planning, to avoid many of the critical situations that could be avoided during the execution of a construction project. In addition, there are other factors, such as discarded waste, noise pollution, raw material extraction, soil pollution and energy material use that can be estimated and reduced.
In practical terms: this methodology makes it possible, among other tools, to provide technical information in real time. This will avoid making hasty decisions and effectively planning the use of materials prioritizing their sustainable use. Therefore, BIM models not only have the ability to define geometry and materials (3D representation), but also consolidate the ability to reach higher dimensions of analysis and planning.
The possibility of the construction industry becoming a sustainable sector is no longer a mirage of the future. But a reality that you can already adopt in your strategy today!