WW+P is committed to designing buildings that make a meaningful contribution to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and support our clients Net Zero ambitions. When I was approach by Prof. Ahmed Hagras from UWE Bristol about working with some of their placement students, I felt this was an excellent opportunity for collaboration, and to test new tools to aid the practice’s design process.
The goal of the project was to develop optimised workflows that work in conjunction with our BIM and 3D modelling software. We could then implement our BIM methodology to take advantage of the use of energy modelling to inform decision making from the concept stage onwards, helping both ourselves and our clients make more sustainable choices.
The main focus was to define how analytical data could be used to inform the development of massing, forms, and the selection of material and to monitor change throughout the evolution of the design.
I worked with our two placement students, Sanjaya and Swati to develop a roadmap for the implement of sustainability in our BIM process, exploring different software to evaluate the buildings' environmental performance.
EDGE software was identified to use in collaboration with the Revit model of one of our going residential projects. The students have worked with the project team, and myself using analytical data to inform the development of massing forms and the selection of materials monitoring the change and understanding the energy use and embedded carbon of the design. The project has been used as a case study to create a user guide that embeds the process in our workflow to implement it throughout the practice.
With digital technologies in the AEC industry constantly changing, working closely with universities and their students is vital to exchange best practice and push the industry forward,
Giulia is the Europe and UK Regional Lead Coordinator for Women in BIM, and champions across the industry the importance as BIM as a collaborative design tool.