BIM information exchange for improving energy efficiency in buildings based on wooden construction systems in the European Southwest




sustainable architecture, BIM, IFC, timber construction, energy efficiency


This paper addresses the development of a methodological process and sustainable architectural design through the exchange of information between construction models created using the BIM methodology and the most common energy certification programs. Historically, this transfer of constructive information has been a manual task that the designer has had to face, often through the generalization and simplification of the energy models. This document describes a methodology and a proprietary free web application, which enables the reading of information contained in IFC and GBXML files, and incorporates, in an automated manner, the necessary data into the energy model, facilitating its rating, contributing to its evaluation, improving its energy performance, and, consequently, reducing its carbon footprint. The application has been successfully evaluated based on case studies and pilot tests conducted over the course of the IMIP project, simulated energetically with the assistance of the tool. This approach represents a new strategy in the fight against climate change as it: (a) reduces the working time in energy certification processes; (b) facilitates the interaction between different digital models promoting a more informed decisionmaking process in environmental design, which ultimately should contribute to reducing the impact of public and private buildings in Southwestern Europe.


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Author Biographies

Salvador Gilabert-Sanz, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Doctor of Architecture and Master in Fine Arts. He has been professor at the UPV, at the CEU CH University, and at the Enric Miralles Foundation. Has been teaching in Integrated Projects, Analysis of Architectural Forms, and postgraduate and master’s degree in Generation of Complex Architectures and Sustainability in Architecture.

Project Director at EMBT Miralles-Tagliabue for more than 14 years, directing among other projects: the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo or the 120 social housing block in Barajas, Madrid. As his own work; has developed extensive projects in the public and private spheres, always under the parameters of sustainability and bioclimatic buildings: as the renovation of the Vilamarxant Town Hall, Valencia, a Buddhism center in Adeje, Tenerife, or the municipal sport pavilion in Salinas, Alicante.

Researcher and Lecturer in QURBIS group at UPC and ICT Vs CC at the ÍTACA institute, as technical director in European research projects such as the IMIP project.  Participated in 5 national and international competitive research projects focused in sustainability, energy efficiency and complex geometry in architecture. Author of more than 15 peer review articles and 20 congress papers, and guest lecturer around the world.

Alberto Sánchez Riera, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Dr. Albert Sanchez Riera is a Serra Hunter tenure-track lecturer in the Department of Architectural Representation (AR) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona. He is member of the QURBIS research group, where he has co-directed 2 doctoral theses and has participated in 6 national and international competitive research projects. He is currently the Principal Investigator for an R+D+I Project that aims to evaluate tactile VR technology for visually impaired people. His research focuses on the evaluation of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies using immersive and collaborative systems, delving into their application in different fields of architecture and building, such as energy efficiency, constructive processes, heritage safeguard, and spatial perception of people with disabilities through these technologies.

José-Vicente Oliver-Villanueva , Universitat Politècnica de València

José Vicente Oliver Villanueva, Doctor of Forestry Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Göttingen (Germany).Full Professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Forest Bioeconomy and Wood Industries since 2001. Director of the I+D TIC Group against Climate Change at the ITACA Institute of the UPV since 2014).R&D Director of AIDIMA (Institute of Technology for Wood and Furniture) from 1998 to 2010. Pre- and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Göttingen between 1990 and 1998. Professor at the Universities of Melbourne/Australia (2005), Göttingen/ Germany (2008), Talca/Chile (2015) and Sydney/Australia (2022).Advisor to the EU Commission in DG Research (1999-2003), DG Enterprise (2002-2006) and Committee of the Regions (since 2021).81 peer-reviewed scientific articles. 92 participations in national and international conferences. Participation in 43 R&D projects, of which IP in 29 (16 European). Author of 10 books and chapters of research books. Director of 8 doctoral theses and 87 PFC/TFG/TFM. Author of 3 international patents.Schweihofer European Prize in Wood Research 2009.Medal of Honor for Research from the College of Forestry Engineers of Spain 2019.

Melchor Monleón Domènech

Urban Architect. He has been a professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia specializing in bioclimatic architecture. He has developed and built numerous projects in the field of sustainability for more than 30 years.  lecturer at various schools of architecture.

Ernest Redondo Domínguez, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Ernest Redondo. Doctor of Architecture, Full Professor (2022) Architectural Representation. Full Professor (accredited by ANECA, National Agency for Quality Assessmend and Accreditation of Spain). 03-04-2019. Department of Architectural. Representation and Visual Analysis I, Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalonia-BarcelonaTech (UPC), Spain. Architect (ETSAB-UPC, 1981). Doctorate in Architecture (1992). Doctorate special award (1994). Tenured university lecturer (1993), Full professor (2019) Department of Architectural Representation and Visual Analysis I (EGAI), UPC. Department of EGA-I director (1996–2003). Deputy Director of ETSAB-UPC (2011-2017). He has three Government of Spain CNEAI recognized six-year increments and three Government of Catalonia AGAUR-recognized research periods. Principal researcher on the National RD&I Projects: EDU-2012-37247/EDUC. BIA2016-77464-C2-1-R./AEI-FEDER-EU. and
INTERREG-SOE3/P3/E0963-IMIP. Researcher in Project. Code: 586437-EPP-1-2017-1-AT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP, European Commission-Erasmus+. Assessor of the Spanish National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation. Assessor of the Spanish National Agency for Assessment and Foresight (since 2006). Director of the National Catalonian Research Group in Architecture, Design, Representation and Modelling (ADR&M 2017 SGR 791). Member of the scientific and editorial boards of several publications. Author of more than 100 indexed publications, WOK, SCOPUS, Avery, RIBA, focusing on the use of ICTs in architecture. He has supervised ten doctoral theses.


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Research articles
Received 2023-08-29
Accepted 2024-04-02
Published 2024-04-30

Funding data

  • Interreg
    Grant numbers SUDOE IMIP (Innovative Eco-Construction System Based on Interlocking Modular Insulation Wood and Cork-Based Panels)