Embedment of Building Information Modelling for Automated Sustainable Building Design Evaluation
During the last decades, the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry have experienced intensive attention towards sustainable building technology because of the strong impact in decreasing Carbon Dioxide emissions and mitigating climate change risks. There are multiple sustainability standards, guidelines and rating systems for different building types to be followed locally and globally. Meanwhile, Building Information Modelling usage has been rapidly increased among different disciplines in the AEC sector due to its leading role in facilitating the design process and increasing interoperability among construction project team members. Moreover, it also enables the design team members to perform different environmental analyses and energy simulations. Several previous studies have introduced the integration of BIM technology and sustainable building evaluation systems. Most of these studies have focused of the LEED rating system as it is the most commonly used evaluation system for sustainable building design around the world. Nevertheless, very limited studies have given attention to nationally developed sustainable building evaluation systems. Egypt, as one of the most vulnerable countries towards climate change threats, taking serious actions to adapt on both governmental level and community level. Assuring sustainability and energy efficiency in buildings plays an important role in mitigating climate change effects. In this research, it is intended to integrate BIM technology with TARSHEED rating system, as a community developed evaluation system for existing and newly built residential buildings. This integration is supposed to facilitate the process of evaluating the building design in reference to TARSHEED standards and guidelines.
Keywords - TARSHEED Rating System, BIM, LEED Automation, Rule-based Compliance Checking, Sustainable Building Design.