BIM and Sustainability: Opportunities in Design

BIM and Sustainability: Opportunities in Design

BIM and Sustainability: Opportunities in Design

2 Formal CPD Points

Available on demand


The fundamentals that underpin BIM and Sustainability will be explored by highlighting when and why environmental analysis should be undertaken and what tools are available within BIM software packages. This seminar will explain what each analysis is, how it works and why it’s important. It will also explore non-BIM tools and other considerations beyond BIM that designers should be mindful of when creating truly sustainable designs.

This session is suitable for both the novice and expert in BIM and similarly so in sustainability.

Related Acumen Note: Sustainability and Building Information Modelling (BIM)



This presentation is equivalent to 2 hours/points of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

2015 Competencies:

Design: Conceptual Design

Design 3.8 Application of manual and digital graphic techniques and modelling to describe three dimensional form and spatial relationships.

Design: Schematic Design
4.5 Investigation and integration of appropriate structural, construction, service and transport systems in the project design.

Documentation: Documentation
6.1 Identification and adoption of a strategy, program and process of documentation integrated through all project stages to enable project delivery

2021 Competencies:

Practice Management and Professional Conduct:
PC 13 Be able to identify and apply strategies, programming and processes for documentation through all project stages to facilitate project delivery, as appropriate to selected procurement processes. 

Project Initiation and Conceptual Design:

PC 34 Communicate conceptual design proposals and associated information to client, stakeholders and communities using appropriate and culturally responsive methods appropriate to different audiences. 

Design Delivery and Construction Phase:
PC 48 Be able to select and implement project administration systems, based upon an assessment of the selected procurement method and its implications on project delivery. 
PC 55 Be able to apply appropriate and consistent systems for record keeping, document control and revision status during the construction phase. 
PC 56 Be able to apply appropriate and consistent systems for record keeping, document control and revision status during the construction phase. 
PC 57 Be able to apply relevant processes required for certification of monetary progress claims, project variations, extensions of time, project instructions, and requests for information, practical completion or other administrative functions explicit in the selected procurement method and associated construction contract. 


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • Identify opportunities for greater sustainable design outcomes within BIM
  • Implement processes and support structures that aid sustainable design and analysis within BIM
  • Recall individual environmental analyses currently available within Revit (BIM software package) and the iterative design processes they support
  • Recognise other sustainable design analyses and considerations beyond BIM




    Rory is a registered architect and holds an Honours B.Arch and MSc with distinction in Environmental Design, as well as having completed the Autodesk Building Performance Certificate. For the past 10 years he has worked in Canada, the UK, Vietnam and Australia in architecture, development and sustainability roles.

    Rory has spoken at numerous events around Australia and overseas on BIM and sustainability and is a regular contributor to the Australian Institute of Architects, the Property Council of Australia and the Green Building Council of Australia on sustainability issues. In 2014 he was awarded the inaugural “Future Green Leader” Award by the Green Building Council of Australia for young peoples’ contribution to sustainability in the property and construction industry






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