SURAP is a Building Information Modeling (BIM)-based software solution for assessing and optimizing the climate and resource impact of construction projects over their entire life cycle. With life cycle analysis (LCA) and integrated resource efficiency assessment, SURAP can be used to design, communicate and realize sustainable buildings – from new construction to existing buildings to deconstruction.
“Resource efficient development (…) allows the economy to create more with less, delivering greater value with less input, using resources in a sustainable way and minimising their impacts on the environment.”
EC Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe
Resource efficient building offers a systemic approach to sustainable building; it goes beyond zero energy, zero emissions and zero carbon and looks at the big picture – how can the existing building stock be (better) utilized (e.g. through renovation and urban mining) and how can new buildings be built in a more resource efficient way, i.e. with less resource intensive materials, new technologies and new design approaches? It is a system-wide approach that looks at material and energy flows throughout the life of a building. Resource efficient construction ultimately means using fewer material resources to build or renovate homes, buildings and infrastructure while achieving the same or better functionality (Meghan O’Brien, 2011).
“BIM – A Passport to Global Opportunities and Transformative Collaboration.”
BSI Group, UK
The ongoing digitization and the use of BIM are setting the course for resource-conserving, climate-friendly and economical construction. BIM makes it possible to link information about the environmental impact and costs of the building to the digital building model and share it with various stakeholders. SURAP leverages the potential of BIM – but also enables green building assessment outside the BIM context.
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