Building information modelling to cut disruption in housing retrofit

Fernanda Justin Chaves, Patricia Tzortzopoulos, Carlos Torres Formoso, Clarissa Notariano Biotto

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There is a large stock of solid-wall homes in the UK with poor thermal insulation and low energy performance. Although the UK government has supported efforts to improve these buildings, the identification of appropriate technical solutions that effectively improve the existing stock remains challenging. This research investigates how four dimensional building information modelling (4D BIM) could improve the retrofit of social housing, specifically that of ‘no-fines’ solid-wall homes, through the development of what-if scenarios that enable the analysis of alternative solutions considering costs, energy performance and disruption to users. This paper focuses on the use of 4D building information models to evaluate disruption to end users. The results indicate that the development of such models supports a better understanding of the retrofit process on site. It also supports the definition of production plans with as minimal disruption as possible to users while delivering energy-oriented and cost-effective solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-333
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability
Issue numberES6
Early online date29 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


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