ARCHLine.XP: BIM & energy renovation: a beneficial collaboration

Who in the world of architecture, building and construction has not heard of “BIM”? It has been a trendy buzzword for several years and is now indispensable in (almost) all projects. 



Energy-efficient renovation is a core issue in our society, encompassing environmental, economic and social issues. There are new requirements coming to life for existing, older buildings as well as for newer construction. It is safe to say that the challenges related to the energy transition have had a significant impact on the building sector. BIM, for Building Information Modeling, seems to be a transition factor that can meet both the requirements of collaboration and the challenges of energy renovation, but what connection can we make between these two concepts? What tools are there to set up an energetic renovation project mixed with the BIM method?


BIM: Building Information Modeling, the method of collaboration

"Building Information Modeling" encompasses the entire life cycle of a structure, a project. It tracks all phases from construction to demolition and affects the entire construction sector, including public buildings and civil engineering.
How does the use of BIM appear in a renovation or refurbishment project?
The ultimate goal of BIM is to enable all participants in a construction project to work together and to bundle its elements. Through a digital 3D model, all the basic data of the project (materials, structural systems, costs, etc.) can be shared. This is a way of including all disciplines and thus saving time and making it easier to make decisions, especially when choosing thermal insulation methods.
The digital mockup model is actually a great way to coordinate the project. It stores important building information. Planning offices and architects can then go into deeper detail, and make results more precise.



BIM plays a central role in sustainability projects. It enables you to visualize and simulate buildings that meet certain requirements. For example, construction professionals can use the digital 3D model “BIM” to identify energy-consumption elements in a building. 


ARCHLine: a digital model solution that can be integrated into an energetic renovation 

ARCHLine is an architecture software that enables collaboration around the BIM model. Although the thermal analysis module is not strictly integrated, the software allows designers and architects to incorporate many thermal parameters (density, conductivity, permeability, etc.) into the materials used in the project.
This valuable information is integrated into the IFC model and can then be analyzed in various software solutions. Take the example of the Climawin or BBS software, which specializes in the thermal field.

The IFC model created with ARCHLine enables all necessary information to be exchanged without the slightest loss of data. Useful information is integrated into the parametric objects and the BETs working on the project can call up the ARCHLine BIM model in order to fully exploit and analyze it regardless of the software they use.

The digital model in the service of a redevelopment agency

In summary, during a refurbishment where energy efficiency is of fundamental importance, BIM modeling is required. Regardless of the phase of the work, anticipating insulation and planning costs in advance saves valuable time. In addition, a BIM tool like ARCHLine allows all elements of the project to be checked thanks to the established digital model.
Developing opportunities for BIM remains a challenge and an important topic. The high cost of certain solutions is often an obstacle for small and medium-sized businesses. ARCHLine is therefore a cost-effective and equally high-quality alternative to implementing the model.


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