Building Information Modelling Energy Performance Assessment on Domestic Dwellings: A Comparative Study

David Stundon, John Spillane, James P. B. Lim, Paul Tansey, Marc Tracey

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in pace, not only in design and construction stages, but also in the analysis of facilities throughout their life cycle. With this continued growth and utilisation of BIM processes, comes the possibility to adopt such procedures, to accurately measure the energy efficiency of buildings, to accurately estimate their energy usage. To this end, the aim of this research is to investigate if the introduction of BIM Energy Performance Assessment in the form of software analysis, provides accurate results, when compared with actual energy consumption recorded. Through selective sampling, three domestic case studies are scrutinised, with baseline figures taken from existing energy providers, the results scrutinised and compared with calculations provided from two separate BIM energy analysis software packages. Of the numerous software packages available, criterion sampling is used to select two of the most prominent platforms available on the market today. The two packages selected for scrutiny are Integrated Environmental Solutions - Virtual Environment (IES-VE) and Green Building Studio (GBS). The results indicate that IES-VE estimated the energy use in region of ±8% in two out of three case studies while GBS estimated usage approximately ±5%. The findings indicate that the introduction of BIM energy performance assessment, using proprietary software analysis, is a viable alternative to manual calculations of building energy use, mainly due to the accuracy and speed of assessing, even the most complex models. Given the surge in accurate and detailed BIM models and the importance placed on the continued monitoring and control of buildings energy use within today’s environmentally conscious society, this provides an alternative means by which to accurately assess a buildings energy usage, in a quick and cost effective manner.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings for 31stAnnual ARCOM Conference
EditorsA. B. Raidén, E. Aboagye-Nimo
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-0-9552390-9-0
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2015
Event31st ARCOM Conference - Lincoln, United Kingdom
Duration: 07 Sep 201509 Sep 2015


Conference31st ARCOM Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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