With the support of ADEME and PUCA, the CSTB, CEA and CNRS have combined to launch the SIMBIO research programme. The objective of this project is to develop research and development work which will enable construction professionals to be offered innovative software suites so that they can complete successfully the whole of a real estate project which meets the new energy requirements. From A to Z, i.e. from design through to operation of the structure. ”In July 2008, in association with a group of industry professionals, we began examining the project specification, continues Jean-Christophe Visier. It includes a state of the art analysis of what is currently happening on our research subject, definition of the needs of professionals and the work to be carried out under SIMBIO. From 2010 other players will be brought into the project, namely clients, consulting engineers, major contractors, operators, software companies etc.” The preliminary results of this survey have already highlighted three specific points: the crucial need for integration between the many existing IT tools, the benefit of designing a digital model to form a link between the different professionals involved in a given project and the need to develop tools to take account of factors such as electricity consumption or local energy production.
First sketch with Google Sketchup
Estimate of the renewable energy potential of the building according to the environment (sun, screening by surrounding buildings...)
IFC digital model of the building, in the summary/detailed design phase