The urgency of reimagining the built environment
Right now, the built environment is a major driver of climate change. Approximately 27% of annual global CO2 emissions come from building operations. Another 13% come from the embodied carbon in building materials.
That’s a huge problem, but it’s also a huge opportunity. As an industry, we know what needs to be done, and we have the tools and resources to do it. By embracing new technology and workflows, we can immediately reduce and ultimately eliminate greenhouse gas emissions.
A new whitepaper from BIM Electric demonstrates that getting it right starts by incorporating electrical engineers and consultants into the design process at its earliest stages.
Electricity 4.0 and the zero-waste, zero-emissions, zero-carbon future
Recent technological advances have made it possible to map, monitor, and control energy use throughout the built environment. This is the promise of Electricity 4.0, the convergence of digital and electric at scale. By fully deploying an electrical IoT, we have the capacity to lower emissions by making previously invisible waste visible — all thanks to the convergence of electricity with the modern digital world.
The potential is limitless, but we can’t simply add new technology to our existing workflows and expect transformational results. That’s because traditional workflows are holding electrical engineers back, right when their contribution is needed most.
It’s time to break out of the siloed, document-based approach to designing, constructing, and operating the built environment. Collectively, we must embrace new workflows that bring electrical engineers into projects at critical stages and adopt Common Data Environments that allow for real-time adjustments and improved visibility for collaborators. Only then can the industry unlock massive gains in efficiency and accuracy.
These are huge changes to the status quo, but the potential returns — for our industry and our planet — make them well worth the effort.
Ready to get started? Download our new whitepaper to learn more about our roadmap to an efficient, sustainable future.