Phil Marris, Managing Director of Jaga Heating Products UK, discusses the benefits of product manufacturers embracing Building Information Modelling (BIM) for all parties involved, as well as the long-term impact on sustainability in building design.
The accelerating take-up of Building Information Modelling software as a means to improve construction efficiency and design quality is without doubt of enormous benefit to the industrys future. This increasingly indispensable tool, however, is also creating an opportunity for sustainable product manufacturers to guide architects, contractors and building operators towards environmentally-friendly building services solutions.
Looking beyond its use in combating construction concerns and avoiding double working, BIM can help provide detailed insights into the best ways of maintaining a buildings efficiency throughout its long-term operation and this is where the initiative becomes particularly relevant to sustainable product manufacturers. Failure to embrace BIMs potential will eventually become counter-productive for manufacturers of building services products. At the end of the day, when the highest value projects are begun to be planned and schematics produced, decision-makers will look beyond those who cannot provide them with the convenience and technical accuracy of detailed BIM-compatible product data.