International Construction Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (ICSC) (5th : 2015)

Tracking indoor air quality of buildings using BIM Marzouk, Mohamed M.; Abdelbasset, Ibrahim G.; Al-Gahtani, Khalid


Today, the demand of sustainable buildings is getting higher. The main purpose of buildings is to provide a comfortable living environment to their occupants, considering different aspects including thermal, visual and acoustic comfort as well as Indoor Air Quality. Life cycle assessments are related to many issues such as environmental concerns. Decreasing carbon foot print and energy consumption rates and increasing comfort level for the building users can help to achieve environmental improvements. This comfort level is related highly to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). This research aims at improving environmental concerns using building information modeling. As-built BIM model is developed to act as a hub to allow transformation of information to an external database, extracted from the BIM Model in COBIE (Construction-Operations Building Information Exchange) format. The database is updated in a dynamic manner to reflect external environmental changes. The environmental changes are captured using sensors that can detect variations in temperature and humidity. Also, carbon emissions and energy consumption rates are reflected back on the model. A case study is presented to demonstrate the use of the proposed framework.

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