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Building information modeling (BIM) for lifecycle carbon emission: scientometric and scoping literature reviews

Hanane Bouhmoud (Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Mohammedia, Universite Hassan II Casablanca, Mohammedia, Morocco) (McWhole School of Building Science, CADC, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA)
Dalila Loudyi (Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Mohammedia, Universite Hassan II Casablanca, Mohammedia, Morocco)
Salman Azhar (McWhole School of Building Science, CADC, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA)

Smart and Sustainable Built Environment

ISSN: 2046-6099

Article publication date: 6 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Considering the world population, an additional 415.1 billion m2 of built floor will be needed by 2050, which could worsen the environmental impact of the construction industry that is responsible for one-third of global Carbon Emissions (CEs). Thus, the current construction practices need to be upgraded toward eco-friendly technologies. Building Information Modeling (BIM) proved a significant potential to enhance Building and Infrastructure (B&I) ecological performances. However, no previous study has evaluated the nexus between BIM and B&I CEs. This study aims to fill this gap by disclosing the research evolution and metrics and key concepts and tools associated with this nexus.

Design/methodology/approach

A mixed-method design was adopted based on scientometric and scoping reviews of 52 consistent peer-reviewed papers collected from 3 large scientific databases.

Findings

This study presented six research metrics and revealed that the nexus between BIM and CEs is a contemporary topic that involves seven main research themes. Moreover, it cast light on six key associated concepts: Life Cycle Assessment; Boundary limits; Building Life Cycle CE (BLCCE); Responsible sources for BLCCE; Green and integrated BIM; and sustainable buildings and related rating systems. Furthermore, it identified 56 nexus-related Information and Communication Technologies tools and 17 CE-coefficient databases and discussed their consistency.

Originality/value

This study will fill the knowledge gap by providing scholars, practitioners and decision-makers with a good grasp of the nexus between CEs and BIM and paving the path toward further research, strategies and technological solutions to decrease CEs of B&I sectors and their impacts on the climate change.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This study was partially supported by the Fulbright program.

Citation

Bouhmoud, H., Loudyi, D. and Azhar, S. (2022), "Building information modeling (BIM) for lifecycle carbon emission: scientometric and scoping literature reviews", Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-05-2022-0086

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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