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BimPlus recognises VeriTherm as a 2019 landmark innovation

“Digital tools target deeper decarbonisation

BIM+ reported in November on the beta launch of the first ever free digital tool able to analyse supply chain-specific embodied carbon data.

The EC3 open source software, developed by Microsoft in collaboration with industry heavyweights including Autodesk, Arup, Skanska USA and Katerra, provides a searchable and sortable database of all US and Canadian Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for concrete, steel, wood, glass, aluminium, insulation, gypsum, carpet and ceiling tiles.

It is the first to translate all EPDs into a digital form to view and analyse data, rather than having to use PDFs. In trials, it enabled Skanska USA to reduce the carbon costs of designs by up to 30%, in most cases without increasing construction costs.

Another software platform we reported on in November, aims to bridge the thermal “performance gap” between the design and construction of new buildings.

VeriTherm was developed by Cambridge Consultants and the Redbarn Group, it compares the actual performance of an asset, prior to occupation, against the designed performance. If the designed thermal properties of the building are not met, further investigation can look for specific causes and remedies.

The ability to verify that new buildings perform as specified could have a major impact on UK climate targets. A recent Innovate UK study found that average total carbon emissions for new build homes were 2.6 times higher than the design estimate and no homes in the study designed to “zero carbon” achieved it in practice.”

Original Article can be read here: BIM Plus

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