How BIM is recognised by the CIBSE Building Performance Awards

Written by Hywel Davies, CIBSE Technical Director and Chair of the Building Performance Awards Judging Panel

Some feedback from our members on the CIBSE Building Performance Awards (BPA) suggests a wish for a Building Information Modelling (BIM) award. On the face of it, with everyone talking about BIM, that would be an obvious winner. But on reflection, is it as easy as all that? What are the criteria for a "BIM Award"? Attractive 3D images? Entrants who say that they are using Level 2 BIM? Arguably, with government still developing the standards and protocols needed for Level 2 BIM nobody can be doing level 2 BIM yet. 

BIM is about helping to produce buildings that work better for the owners, occupiers and even those who buy or use the products or services generated in the building. Or else BIM is about enabling better or more effective creation and management of built environment assets over the whole life. So at what point in the life of an asset that has been procured using BIM do we decide it is an award winner? Twelve months? Five years? Ultimately, BIM is a tool, and not an end in itself. The end game is better collaboration that produce better performing buildings, hence the Collaborative Working Partnership Award.

For more information about the Collaborative Working Partnership Award visit Deadline for entries to the CIBSE BPA 2015 close on Thursday, 11 September 2014.

For more information about the work that CIBSE is doing in relation to BIM visit


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