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Energy modeling/Simulation Using the BIM technology in the Curriculum of Architectural and Construction Engineering and Management

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Building BIM into Construction Curricula

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23.482.1 - 23.482.9



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Hyunjoo Kim The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology and Construction Management
He has 10 years of work experience in the construction fields and six years in research and teaching.
His research interests include the use of 3D/BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology for energy modeling and simulations, information technology support for project management, artificial intelligence, data mining, machine learning, and advanced infrastructure systems.
Research interests:
• Construction Engineering-Project Management
• Sustainability (Green Building Design and Construction)
• Energy Modeling and Simulations
• Building Information Modeling (BIM)
• Data Mining (DM) and Analysis

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Energy modeling/Simulation Using the BIM technology in the Curriculum of Architectural and Construction Engineering and Management Hyunjoo Kim, PhD, LEED A.P. Assistant Professor, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Telephone: 704-687-2095, Email: consume over 40% of all energy in the United States, with electricity providing themajority of this energy, the vast majority of which is produced using fossil fuels (EIA 2011). Toreduce fossil fuel based energy consumption in the buildings, different technologies have beenemphasized such as solar panels, wind turbines, bio-fuels, or high efficiency heating, ventilation,and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to name a few. Interestingly, however, the most significantfactor in building energy consumption has been reported in area of improving of building designs.According to a CERL report (2009), design improvements including improvement envelopeinsulation and materials selection, can result in a significant amount (30-35%) of energyreduction beyond the ASHRAE 90.1 2004 standard using current technology for less than anadditional 2% in construction cost (CERL 2009).The goal of this paper is to develop a new course curriculum in improving the energy efficiencyon buildings using Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. The recent developmentof BIM has introduced several BIM based energy modeling tools such as DesignBuilder,GreenBuildingStudio, Hevacomp, RIUSKA, Ecotect and so on. This paper will describe how toutilize those existing BIM energy modeling tools to demonstrate the importance of each designand construction decision that the designer/engineer makes on the life time energy requirementsof a building. The proposed course will allow students to understand the impact of differentdesign/retrofit alternatives on energy consumption in new and existing construction and to helpthem determine appropriate alternatives.The proposed new course will be especially for the current architecture and constructionengineering and management curriculum where students will be provided with the opportunity toimprove their understanding of sustainable building design and to learn the importance ofmanaging energy consumption during the design and maintenance phases. Students will alsodevise appropriate design/retrofit alternatives by reviewing the geographic, environmental,social, and economic aspects of different designs. They will learn how to enhance sustainabilityin building designs through the selection of designs, materials, and construction methods.

Kim, H. (2013, June), Energy modeling/Simulation Using the BIM technology in the Curriculum of Architectural and Construction Engineering and Management Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19496

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