Today, BIMobject AB (BIMobject) and FED Spinoff - Future Environmental Design (FED) announce the agreement to cooperate to develop new functionalities and services for the platform BIMobject® Cloud regarding product information on sustainability and environment. This will allow manufacturers to share data on the environmental sustainability of their products, and enable designers and architects to perform sustainability calculations and simulations of BIM-based projects.
The purpose of the cooperation is for BIM objects in the BIMobject® Cloud to be enriched with data from environmental sustainability certifications. This will enable designers and architects to make reliable and rigorous calculations of the environmental impact of their BIM models and building projects, based on accurate and verified environmental data of each single object and building material. This information can then be combined with information about for example site location, transportation, and the supply chain to calculate the total environmental impact of a project from cradle to gate, in use, and from gate to cradle.
The goal is for architects and designers to be able to access all environmental impact data resulting from any available sustainability certification released according to the ISO 14025 and EN 15804 standards (EPD) or ISO 14040 scheme (LCA). Particular attention will be paid to EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) and Life Cycle Assessment analyses.
"This is a very positive development that will help drive a more sustainable building process. In the future, environmental performance will be an important selective parameter for designers, which in turn will encourage suppliers to meet sustainability standards and to acquire proper certifications. We only have one planet, and the construction industry must take its responsibility in choosing the materials and products that have the lowest negative impact on the environment from a life cycle perspective", says Stefan Larsson, CEO and founder of BIMobject.
Aiming to strategically influence investment policies and help to define preferential benchmarks, FED Spinoff promotes life cycle-based methodologies as the fundamental operational tool.
"FED Spinoff aims to introduce sustainability principles in building and design activities through a strategic approach based on the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Cooperating with BIMobject is a natural next step in the process of making environmental data more easily available to the design and architecture community", says Costantino Menna, Project Manager at FED Spinoff.
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