The coupling of BIM and LCA—challenges identified through case study implementation

Martin Röck, Alexander Passer, Delphine Ramon, Karen Allacker

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To conduct an environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of buildings, the potential benefits of coupling LCA and Building Information Modelling (BIM) has gained a lot of attention among researchers recently. The expected efficiency gains, mainly coming from establishing the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) in an automated way, can improve the process significantly. However, the application of BIM and building model’s varying Levels of Development (LOD) have implications on how the LCI should be structured and which LCA datasets can be used. The structure and completeness as well as granularity of a building model have to be clarified before deciding for the assessment workflow and tools used. Aiming for an efficient yet complete assessment, the implications of a workflow of establishing the LCI in Revit are discussed, refining the inventory in Excel and finally assessing the complete building in SimaPro. The study discusses the potentials, challenges and learnings from two BIM-LCA case studies investigated as part of the PEF4buildings project and presents the workflow developed based on these case studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife-Cycle Analysis and Assessment in Civil Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationTowards an Integrated Vision
EditorsRobby Caspeele, Luc Taerwe, Dan Frangopol
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis Group
Pages841 - 846
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-62633-1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019
Event6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering: IALCCE 2018 - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 28 Oct 201831 Oct 2018


Conference6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering
Abbreviated titleIALCCE 2018
OtherIALCCE 2018 - The Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Engineering


  • Building Information Modelling
  • BIM
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • LCA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems

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