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Article Released Wed-18th-November-2015 01:19 GMT
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 Sustainability Led Design through Building Information Modelling: Transferring UK Experiences

A collaborative project by researchers in Malaysia and UK aims to achieve sustainability-led design for the existing non-domestic buildings. It will use 'Building Information Modelling' in these countries to reduce or completely avoid depletion of critical resources and also to prevent environmental degradation.

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The statistical record of the National Property Information Centre (NAPIC) Malaysia in 2014 showed that 5,336,824 existing buildings in Malaysia are not sustainably built, resulting in over 40% CO2 emission to the environment. Therefore, green retrofitting on the existing buildings will offer significant opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Forecasting the future need, refurbishment and retrofitting will be the next agenda to meet the requirements of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Integrating building design, based on sustainable Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a novel way to offer intelligence to building owners. Hence, Malaysia and the United Kingdom are taking national initiatives to push BIM as the common technology for the industry; the UK Government mandates the use of BIM in all publically funded projects by 2016 and Malaysia is imposing BIM through Malaysian Construction Industry Master Plan 2 (CIMP2).

BIM is a new way of approaching the design and documentation of building projects using virtual models of a building that are constructed digitally which is time and cost saving. Through BIM, people across many disciplines can design, share, manage, execute, and maintain a project in one location, on a single file, throughout the entire life of a building. This will be the ideal opportunity - a revelation for the industry to incorporate existing building plans into a common digital platform for all to share. This integration design approach fosters design innovation and creativity, not only for the built environment industry but also for the supply chain and across other sectors.

The collaborative BIM project led by Dr Syahrul Nizam from University of Malaya (UM) and Dr Eric Lou from University of Manchester (UoM) aims to achieve sustainability-led design for the existing non-domestic buildings using BIM in UK and Malaysia to reduce or completely avoid depletion of critical resources and also to prevent environmental degradation. Existing buildings can be scanned using 3D laser scanners and the material information on an object or area can be captured using hyperspectral imaging. The scanned data can create accurate 3D computer-aided design models of objects enabling further analysis and design option. The marriage of both technologies will produce an accurate BIM model for existing buildings. The BIM model allows designers to simulate energy consumption, potential carbon emissions and materials embodied energy. Apart from that, it also provides the optimal platform for digital, innovation and creativity within the built environment.

The research teams has collaborated with Associate Prof. Dr. Sr. Adi Irfan and Dr Nooraini Hamzah (UKM Malaysia) and industry partners, Mr Ken Bagshaw (3DSi United Kingdom), Ms Jennie Godsell (MRL United Kingdom) and Mr Mohd Khairolden (CREAM Malaysia).


For further information contact:

Associate Prof. Dr. Sr Syahrul Nizam Kamaruzzaman
Department of Building Surveying
Faculty of Built Environment
University of Malaya
Email: syahrulnizam@um.edu.my
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