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A Building Information Modelling (BIM) based Water Efficiency (BWe) Framework for Sustainable Building Design and Construction Management

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School of Design, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, China
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School of Civil Engineering and Transportation, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China
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Architectural Design and Research Institute, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China
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School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TT, UK
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Electronics 2019, 8(6), 599; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8060599
Received: 28 April 2019 / Revised: 22 May 2019 / Accepted: 24 May 2019 / Published: 29 May 2019
There is a lack of decision-making tools for water efficiency design and construction to maximize project benefits and water conservation. An increasing number of research studies indicate that building information modelling (BIM) can enhance the cooperation, improve work efficiency, and conduct simulation and analysis of sustainability performance in building projects. However, BIM’s potential to enhance water efficiency is yet to be established, such as water gird design optimization, clash detection, combination of BIM with smart appliances and sensors. The research adopted a mixed method approach to investigate the potential impact of BIM on water efficiency in building projects. It involved 50 practitioners from the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry through a questionnaire survey and the follow-up interviews. The quantitative results of questionnaire data and qualitative results of interviews were used to develop a “BIM-based Water Efficiency (BWe) Framework” which was subsequently validated by five experienced practitioners and researchers in the form of semi-structured interviews. The framework applies BIM to optimize traditional water efficiency measures based on an information database. The geometry, attributes, status information of building components or non-component objects stored in the database greatly improve information integration degree of construction engineering. This study provided a reference for the use of BIM for water conservation in building design and construction. View Full-Text
Keywords: building information modelling (BIM); sustainable building design; rating system; construction water efficiency building information modelling (BIM); sustainable building design; rating system; construction water efficiency
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Liu, Z.; Zhang, C.; Guo, Y.; Osmani, M.; Demian, P. A Building Information Modelling (BIM) based Water Efficiency (BWe) Framework for Sustainable Building Design and Construction Management. Electronics 2019, 8, 599.

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