The main objectives of sustainable design are to reduce, or completely avoid, depletion of critical resources like energy, water, and raw materials; prevent environmental degradation caused by facilities and infrastructure throughout their life cycle; and create built environments that are livable, comfortable, safe, and productive. But the fundamental aspects of integrated design, multiple stakeholder collaboration, common goal-setting, the quick efficient presentation of complex concepts to enable fast and effective decision-making, and an emphasis on dialogue between stakeholders are as fundamental to sustainable design processes as they are to BIM-enabled construction.
The inherent power of BIM is its potential contribution to the design, construction, commissioning, and operation cycle of buildings with less environmental impact, whether this is in the form of design and operation of energy-efficient Building Services.
Tying BIM back to the building’s commissioning and the operational stage is also promising, where facility managers can gain access to the BIM information to periodically commission and maintain the building – rather than rely on an often incomplete and complex paper archive. BIM for Sustainable Building has become another buzzword in the construction industry, this work focuses on how Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Sustainable Building concept work together for a better world. This paper presents an in-depth review of the existing literature surrounding frameworks and methodologies to evaluate and analyze the benefits of BIM for Sustainable Buildings. The paper reviews the issues surrounding the implementation of BIM alongside sustainable design practices and the inherent problems associated with attempting to evaluate benefits in a purely quantitative fashion. Limitations of past research studies in BIM benefits measurement are discussed and the development of a broader framework that incorporates both quantitative measurement and a more qualitative understanding of the process of integrating BIM and sustainable design to measure the potential of BIM for sustainability are suggested.