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Transfer Hub for the Advancement, Liveability and Efficacy of Sustainability Transformations (THALES)

Subproject 09: BIM-Based Sustainability in Residential Construction

Background & preliminary work

Collaborative and digital planning processes, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), actively contribute to sustainability by enabling early simulations and the integration of material characteristics in the planning process. This results in ecological advantages, including CO₂ neutrality, social benefits such as more flexible housing options and thermal comfort for occupants, as well as enhanced cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency. The current BIM.Ruhr project serves as a platform for scaling up this approach.


Project goal & Planned outcomes

The aim of the sub-project is to develop a Building Information Modelling (BIM)-based method for the sustainability assessment of existing residential properties in the Metropole Ruhr. The development of digital interfaces (Common Data Environments) and standards of communication between actors and trades (exchange formats) is essential.


Methodology & activities

Building Information Modelling is based on the consistent use and loss-free transfer of a digital building model over the entire life cycle.

In close collaboration with businesses, the following activities will be undertaken:

a) An in-depth analysis of existing application, planning, and construction processes will be conducted, with the aim of preparing for sustainable BIM-based processes.

One goal is to increase the use of modular construction methods with renewable materials (such as wood and bio-based materials), as environmental impacts are primarily caused by heterogeneous building materials and component mixtures. In the planning phase, the provision of material and LCA data already brings about a comparison with environmental requirements.

b) Relevant data will be digitized and made available as a BIM dataset.

c) Processes for the seamless integration of automated manufacturing processes (e.g., construction robotics) will be examined.

Funding Period

01.01.2023 - 31.12.2027


Funding programme

This project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Initiative Hochschule and the Joint Science Conference GWK.


Departments involved

  • Architecture
  • Civil and environmental engineering