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Towards the Applicability of IFC for Green Building Evaluation in China


  1. Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
  • Online:2018-08-31 Published:2018-08-21

Abstract: Various data fragmented in different data formats are involved in green building evaluation.
Nowadays, building information modeling (BIM) emerges as a new way to integrate all these data
into a single repository to improve efficiency and facilitate the adoption of green building. However,
due to lack of both BIM software and information model supporting green building evaluation in
China, it is difficult to evaluate lifecycle performance of a green building in China. Thus, by
analyzing China’s green building evaluation standard, information requirements for green building
evaluation were extracted. Then, applicability of industrial foundation classes (IFC) to describe and
support China’s green building evaluation standard was assessed. Results of this research can be of
great value in the establishment and development of the information model specialized for China’s
green building evaluation, and it will also assist the formation of the information delivery standard
and the study of BIM tools for green building evaluation.

Key words: green building evaluation, building information modeling, industry foundation classes;
capacity analysis,
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