DICE | BIM Software Specialist | Circular building with Madaster and Archicad

Circular construction is becoming increasingly important today. After the announcement of the concrete stop, it became clear that the preservation of the so-called ‘green fields’ is becoming increasingly important. From 2040, one must not even build in open spaces in Flanders. It is therefore not surprising that topics such as renovation, transformation and recycling are becoming increasingly popular.

A direct link to Madaster
One of the benefits of Archicad when talking about circular construction is the direct connection to Madaster. Thanks to this link, generating a material pass is a piece of cake. “Madaster has taken over Archicad’s material database. An IFC model from Archicad therefore immediately contains all the data that the platform needs to compile a passport, «says Ronald de Graan, Director of Customer Success at KUBUS.

This process works as follows: Madaster creates a material pass for a building based on an IFC model coming from a BIM program. The platform classifies what materials it contains and how they are attached or used. One problem that may arise is that the IFC model contains things that the Madaster platform does not recognize. It can be as simple as a mismatch between names. For example, if the term ‘brick’ is used in the BIM software (and therefore also in the IFC model), but Madaster uses the term ‘brick’, such a problem already arises. The link between Archicad and Madaster prevents this type of situation. According to Ronald de Graan differs Archicad from other BIM software in this way: “As a BIM software developer, make sure you use the correct Madaster data in your materials database.”

Even more extras in Archicad
The direct connection to Madaster is not the only advantage of Archicad. The software also offers tools that support architects in carrying out renovation and remodeling projects. “Archicad includes all kinds of tools that optimize a design, not only in terms of materials, but also in terms of energy,” says Ronald. In KeyMember Edition, which KUBUS has developed for Archicad, you will also find a special wooden construction module. And in Archicad’s material database you will find validated data about operational and embodied CO2 of the materials. The project manager then provides an automatic list of all materials according to the VMSW method, so that architects can generate a complete state of the art based on their BIM model and thus retain more control over their project.

Material minimization with BIMcollab
“In 2014, KUBUS brought its self-developed BIMcollab to market,” says Ronald. This troubleshooting program checks that there are no conflicts between the different models for all disciplines and parties involved. “Solving faults on site often costs extra material. Because BIMcollab detects such a collision in advance, this can be prevented, ultimately ensuring material minimization. All models from the different disciplines are better coordinated, which ultimately results in better performance. ”

“We used to work in an iterative process. All the parties involved chased each other and the model just kept going back and forth. We strive to involve not only all disciplines in the model early in the process, but also all implementing parties. and the suppliers of the materials, “says Ronald. With such an integrated design process, there is less material waste. You can make more use of prefabrication and recycle more materials.” Both Archicad and BIMcollab facilitate optimally integrated design, making them the perfect software choices for circular design and construction. “

More circularity with Archicad?
Want to know more about the opportunities that Archicad offers in the field of sustainability and circularity? Be sure to watch the webinar on sustainable and circular design with Archicad.

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