BIM-Enabled Set-Based Design for Net-Zero Energy Buildings
“Net-zero” buildings are the new frontier for sustainability. However, to delivery these projects we need to integrate technology and process innovations so that we can effectively manage their comprehensiveness and complexity. Often, critical decisions are made too late or with poor information that compromises or constrains future options. While “set-based design” allows the exploration of multiple schemes simultaneously, it can only be done efficiently when BIM processes are integrated into a formal technology/information flow plan. Collectively, these strategies enable teams to comprehensively assess energy, first cost, and lifecycle cost in schematic design to optimize sustainability-related decisions. Case studies will be presented.
Andreas Phelps is an Integrated Projects Executive with Balfour Beatty, a large international construction firm. Integrating his technical background in systems thinking for building envelope systems and his doctoral work in the application of lean production theory to information flow management, his work mainly deals with seeking out and developing innovative ways for Balfour Beatty and the AEC industry at large to realize its collective potential. He has given various presentations related to information flow management, sustainability, technology, and lean design and construction at regional and national platforms for the AIA, AGC, Design-Build Institute, and Lean Construction Institute.