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      FROM DESIGN TO PRE-CERTIFICATION USING BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING

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          Designs which address sustainability requirements are becoming increasingly desirable, as the objectives of sustainable design reduce resource depletion of energy, water, and raw materials; prevent environmental degradation caused throughout their lifecycle; provide safe, comfortable and healthy living environments. Currently, sustainability in the building domain is judged against standards codified in rating systems. That is, design choices are validated, by measuring design performance against criteria specified by the rating system. Advances in building technologies, design and evaluation tools, and government policies together with tools to benchmark sustainability have created the momentum which fuels an increasing trend towards sustainable building design. However, certification is expensive. It is labor intensive, involving large volumes of data aggregation and information accounting, which, despite the best of intentions, often become a deterrent to designers and the design process. Compliance with a sustainability rating system is not mandatory; increasingly, it is becoming a goal that many designers and authorities would like to achieve. In turn, this demands a cost lowering improvement to the certification process. Since designers mainly tend to employ commercial design tools, it becomes imperative to create a general approach that utilizes information already available in digital form and combine it with rating system information requirements. The challenge lies in identifying informational requirements from rating systems, representing them in computable forms, mapping them to information available from a commercial design tool and evaluating the performance of the design. In this paper we present an overall framework for organizing, managing, and representing sustainability information requirements; to demonstrate an approach to integrating sustainability evaluations in a design environment. We employ a commercially available building information modeler and a sustainable building rating system to develop a process that bridges sustainability assessment requirements with information from the model for pre-evaluation prior to submission for certification. This will enable designers, owners, contractors and other professionals to communicate strategies and make informed decisions to achieve sustainability goals for a project.

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                Journal
                jgrb
                Journal of Green Building
                College Publishing
                1552-6100
                1943-4618
                1943-4618
                Winter 2013
                : 8
                : 1
                : 151-176
                Author notes

                1Doctoral candidate, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA15213-3890. Contact; tajin@ 123456cmu.edu

                2Lecturer in Sustainable Digital Design, Sheffield School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield, Arts Tower, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK. Contact: tsung-hsien.wang@ 123456sheffield.ac.uk

                3Professor, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University. Contact: ramesh@ 123456cmu.edu

                Article
                jgb.8.1.151
                10.3992/jgb.8.1.151
                © 2013 College Publishing

                Volumes 1-10 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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                Pages: 26
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                RESEARCH ARTICLES

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