What is BIM?
BIM (Build Information Modelling) is a programme for creating and managing information electronically on a building project. It is essentially a digital description of every aspect of a project’s construction, assembled and updated at key stages. The main aims of BIM are to improve productivity, traceability and reduce waste and costs.
Although the concept of BIM has existed in various forms since the 1970’s, it was only in 2011 when the UK Government, led by the BIM Task Group, posted its BIM strategy aimed at reducing the cost of construction projects by 15-20% and generally lowering the carbon footprint of the construction industry.
The BIM Task Group has since regularly updated the standards associated to BIM to help designers, contractors, trade suppliers, manufacturers, builders and clients gain a better understanding of its process. The most recent update came last year with the announcement of BIM Level 3, a strategy labelled a “game changer” by the Task Group.
With BIM Level 3 came an increased focus on lifecycle management and the use of real time cost and carbon data.
Digital Build Britain, the government’s official website for the Level 3 BIM strategy, says: “Level 3 will enable the interconnected digital design of different elements in a built environment and will extend BIM into the operation of assets over their lifetimes – where the lion's share of cost arises.
“It will support the accelerated delivery of smart cities, services and grids. Owners and operators will be able to better manage assets and services as they track their real-time efficiency, maximising utilisation and minimising energy use.”
BIM Level 3 is considered a 10-year plan, with five years of preparation followed by five years of implementation.
Which Roofinglines Products are BIM Ready?
Not long after the government first announced its BIM programme, a number of forward-thinking manufacturers jumped ahead of the game and began the process of creating products with the future standards in mind.
Firms started to look more at the environmental impact and traceability of production in order to ensure that they are at the top of the list of suppliers considered for future building projects.
One of those firms is Envirolead, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of rolled lead.
Made using the lead-bearing components of recycled batteries, Envirolead, distributed nationally by ALM (Associated Lead Mills), is one of the most environmentally friendly lead-based products on the market and the only lead product with BIM objects available for specification on BIM projects.
Available in codes 3-8, Envirolead covers soakers, flashings, dormers, cladding, flat roofs and more, ensuring a long-lasting and weatherproof job, however big or small.
Like most lead products, Envirolead can last for hundreds or years, a level of longevity which makes it the best value for money rolled lead available and a finish that is easier on the eye than lead-free alternatives too.
BS EN 12588 and CE marked, ensuring complete traceability and compliance with latest construction product regulations, the merits of Envirolead are sure to make it one of the most popular lead flashing options for many years to come.
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