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How BIM is Enhancing Green Building in Asia


October 28, 2014 by Marc Howe

The first stage of the Gran Rubina Tower complex in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta exemplifies the use of BIM software in the service of sustainability and green construction.

The 22-storey, 180,000 square metre office complex, one of few greenfield high-rise developments left in Jakarta, is expected to consume a stunning 30 per cent less energy than other skyscrapers in the region following its completion in 2018.

AG5, a Danish architecture firm spearheading efforts to bring integrated energy design to Indonesia, said BIM software played a critical role in the development of the Gran Rubina’s sustainability features.

“In terms of the sustainability and energy efficiency aspect of the project, what’s unique about it are strategies we’ve devised for minimising direct solar exposure,” said Brian Sheldon, partner and architect with AG5. “The use of BIM was one of the keys to the solar studies for the project and subsequent building designs.”

Bentley’s BIM software, which AG5 has employed since its inception in 2005, was used to conduct solar exposure studies at varying levels of detail in order to give the designers a better idea of how sunlight would impact the site under a range of different conditions.

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