For Sangberg BIM is a short cut to sustainable architecture

At Sangberg BIM is regarded as a communication tool that strengthens knowledge sharing, collaboration and results in sustainable projects.

Sangberg is a Copenhagen-based architectural office that has implemented a 100% integrated BIM workflow. Sangberg uses BIM on competition proposals and on development projects. By integrating BIM from the start, it is easier to document and validate the consequences of design decisions taken in the early project stages.

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Among other things, Sangberg uses ARCHICAD to make solar, wind and energy analyzes and uses BIM as a design tool that allows the staff to experiment with the best solutions ─ in close cooperation with the other actors in the project.

BIM is a path towards more sustainable projects

Erik Folke Holm-Hansson, BIM engineer at Sangberg, explains "When you’re working with digital models, it is relatively simple to do all the necessary calculations and adjust the projects to secure that they are as sustainable as possible. BIM makes it easier to document environmental sustainability, and hereby provides clients with a validated basis for making decisions. For me, there is a clear connection between BIM and a given projects sustainable agenda."

Life cycle analysis

As clients and facility managers increasingly focus on the overall economy of a given project, BIM becomes even more relevant. Warren Smith, architect at Sangberg, explains. He highlights how BIM software makes it possible to perform LCC analyzes on construction projects and this way gain an overview of the overall economy. “The common perception of sustainability consists of environmental, social and economic aspects. With BIM it is possible to do LCC analyzes in order will gain a data-based basis for decisions have a significant environmental impact."

Supports co-creation

Warren Smith also believes that BIM enhances collaboration between project partners. “The benefits of BIM are many and by using BIM in the early stages a good starting point for co-creation is created. BIM is to a large extent a communication and collaboration tool where the digital twin of the building sets the framework for the direction of a given project – while respecting the workflow of various professions."

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"When you’re working with BIM, it is important that you work together and continuously optimize the digital model. It is also here that the architects' ability to translate the technical to the human is expressed, often optimizing the project in co-creation with collaborators and future users."

Parametric design optimizes the projects

Erik Folke Holm-Hansson uses parametric design by combining ARCHICAD, RHINO and GRASSHOPPER when he is working on various projects.

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He explains how the method has been used to optimize daylight intake at the Harbour Houses in Aalborg Harbor (Havehusene), which Sangberg has developed for A. Enggaard A / S. "With parametric design, it has been possible to adjust the facades so that all apartments are secured optimum intake of daylight, which ultimately benefits the residents."

BIM and DGNB: defining sustainability

Occasionally it can be quite a jungle to navigate between the various sustainability initiatives, when you’re developing new projects. Both Warren Smith and Erik Folke Holm-Hansson see a great potential in using certification schemes such as DGNB.

Erik Folke Holm-Hansson and Warren Smith. Picture: Cameron Clarke/Sangberg

“By using DGNB as a baseline, there is not much to discuss. Either you live up to the requirements of a specific certification level or you fail to meet them. BIM makes it possible to extract relevant data from the project in the very early stages,” Warren and Erik conclude unanimously.

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About Pawel Antoni Lange

Pawel Antoni Lange has worked with communication within the AEC industry for more than a decade. Pawel has a MA in Modern Culture and Dissemination of Culture from The University of Copenhagen as well as a B.Sc. from Copenhagen Business School.
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