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Towards green building performance evaluation using asset information modelling

Zaid Alwan (Faculty of Engineering & Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Barry J. Gledson (Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 6 July 2015




The purpose of this paper is to provide a unique conceptual framework for integrated asset management strategy that includes making use of available facility assessment methods and tools such as BREEAM In-Use, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); and highlights proposes areas of commonality between these and the use of as-built Building Information Modelling, that ultimately becomes the Asset Information Model (AIM). This framework will consider the emerging requirements for the capture of Building Performance Attribute Data (BPAD), and how these can be managed in order to assist with effective post-construction building performance evaluation.


A review of the current process relevant to the development of as-built BIMs and AIMs was undertaken which included a discussion of BIM standards and of the COBie process. This was combined with data provided by industry practitioners. This led to the concept of BPADs being developed, to be used within existing green building tool, BREEAM In-Use, COBIE and FM/Asset management methods. In turn these methodologies were used to identify possible synergies and areas of integration in AIM-enabled environments.


Recognising the cyclical nature of asset management and BIM, a conceptual model was generated. It was found that BPADs could be aggregated within an AIM model which could influence the delivery of effective facilities and asset management. The model considers the use of existing Building Management Systems (BMS) and Computer Aided Facility Management Systems (CAFMs) and identifies issues associated with the overall sustainability strategy.


A conceptual framework is generated that proposes the use of effective information management and aggregation of BPAD within an AIM.



Alwan, Z. and Gledson, B.J. (2015), "Towards green building performance evaluation using asset information modelling", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 290-303.



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