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Teaching Sustainable Design Using BIM and Project-Based Energy Simulations

The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 113 NH, Lincoln, NE 68588-0500, USA
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Educ. Sci. 2012, 2(3), 136-149; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci2030136
Received: 11 July 2012 / Revised: 4 August 2012 / Accepted: 20 August 2012 / Published: 27 August 2012
The cross-disciplinary nature of energy-efficient building design has created many challenges for architecture, engineering and construction instructors. One of the technical challenges in teaching sustainable building design is enabling students to quantitatively understand how different building designs affect a building’s energy performance. Concept based instructional methods fall short in evaluating the impact of different design choices on a buildings’ energy consumption. Building Information Modeling (BIM) with energy performance software provides a feasible tool to evaluate building design parameters. One notable advantage of this tool is its ability to couple 3D visualization of the structure with energy performance analysis without requiring detailed mathematical and thermodynamic calculations. Project-based Learning (PBL) utilizing BIM tools coupled with energy analysis software was incorporated into a senior level undergraduate class. Student perceptions and feedback were analyzed to gauge the effectiveness of these techniques as instructional tools. The findings indicated that BIM-PBL can be used to effectively teach energy-efficient building design and construction. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy-efficient; building information modeling; project-based learning energy-efficient; building information modeling; project-based learning
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Shen, Z.; Jensen, W.; Wentz, T.; Fischer, B. Teaching Sustainable Design Using BIM and Project-Based Energy Simulations. Educ. Sci. 2012, 2, 136-149. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci2030136

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Shen Z, Jensen W, Wentz T, Fischer B. Teaching Sustainable Design Using BIM and Project-Based Energy Simulations. Education Sciences. 2012; 2(3):136-149. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci2030136

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Shen, Zhigang, Wayne Jensen, Timothy Wentz, and Bruce Fischer. 2012. "Teaching Sustainable Design Using BIM and Project-Based Energy Simulations" Education Sciences 2, no. 3: 136-149. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci2030136

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