BIM for Woodworking
Building Information Modelling covers the creation, gathering and exchange of 3D computer modules and linked data...
BIM (Building Information Modeling) covers the creation, gathering and exchange of 3D computer models and linked data as it relates to a construction project. One of the main principles of BIM is that the data is shared in a collaborative environment to enable all parties to contribute to the central model and draw from it.
The benefits of sharing this information can be gained over the whole life cycle of the project, and, with the project ‘virtually’ built before the physical construction process begins, these benefits may include reducing the cost of changes, clearer scheduling, swifter fabrication, and improved facilities management.
When used to its full potential, information shared through BIM should provide a seamless link between the project designers, the client, construction professionals, contractor and the end user of a project from inception through to the end of the building’s life.
So in the case of a joinery product, the manufacturer will link in by providing the product data, either directly or through a searchable product database. This data will include dimensions, material and properties such as thermal transmittance. It can also encompass fire ratings, acoustic ratings and may go as far as environmental performance, colour, structural properties and service life.
In order for it to be easy to determine how individual elements fit into the building as a whole, standards need to be observed in terms of the compatibility of the software used.
One of these is the IFC standard which can be used to exchange and share BIM data between applications developed by different software vendors without the software having to support numerous formats. IFC is open format and does not belong to a single software vendor, therefore it is independent of a particular vendor’s plans for software development.
Why is BIM important?
BIM will enable those working on both public and private sector construction projects to benefit from reduced risk, higher quality, and better environmental performance. As part of the Government’s strategy to reduce costs within the construction industry, it will become mandatory for all suppliers bidding for public sector building contracts to use Level Two BIM by 2016.
New rules for doors & windows 1st October
A couple of big legislative changes are only weeks away for any joinery companies that are either selling products and services to the homeowner
1) Mandatory security ratings for doors and windows in new dwellings
Amendments to the building regulations for England will introduce the requirement for security rated doors (including vehicular garage doors) and windows to be provided for new dwellings. These doors and windows should, as a minimum, be of a design successfully tested to PAS 24. Products meeting the requirements of the Secured by Design Scheme would meet the recommendations.
The changes, as proposed in the new Approved Document Q, will take effect on 1 October 2015 for use in England.
Last month BWF hosted its first Webinar on mandatory security ratings for doors and windows. The lunchtime Part Q Webinar enabled the BWF’s technical director, Kevin Underwood, to go through the forthcoming changes and answer a wide range of questions from members on how it would affect their businesses. For BWF members who missed the event, the federation will be making the powerpoint presentation available soon to members and will also be circulating a Part Q factsheet, taking into account any additional FAQs.
2) New Consumer Rights rules
New regulations on consumer rights will have an impact on all firms that sell products and services to the homeowner. The new rights and responsibilities come into force in October and include:
At the same time you need to consider the new European Directive on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that is in the process of being absorbed into UK law and will introduce a requirement around ADR. This is designed to offer a quicker and cheaper alternative to the court system when disputes cannot be resolved between the consumer and the business directly.
Even though it’s not mandatory for businesses or consumers to use it, you will be required to signpost the customer to an approved, independent ADR provider – an ombudsman or similar scheme – so there is the option if both parties wish to pursue it. This will also mean updating your T&Cs and knowing who you will signpost to.
Members of the BWF can contact us for advice on the Consumer Rights Rules and the BWF Template resources are being updated to ensure compliance with the new rules. Members can also access industry-specific legal advice and many free business support services via www.bwf.org.uk
Wood - the Sustainable Choice
With significant improvements and innovations from both a supply and performance perspective, the timber industry can
With significant improvements and innovations from both a supply and performance perspective, the timber industry can hold its collective head up high as the sustainable material choice in key construction applications.
As well as offering unique beauty, excellent value for money and unparalleled renewability, using wood from sustainably managed forests actually reduces carbon dioxide emissions, as the carbon dioxide stored by the forest and in the timber product outweighs any carbon dioxide created during the production of the product. Each tonne of timber used instead of other building materials (like steel, or brick and concrete block) saves around a tonne of carbon dioxide.
It is upon this bedrock that the UK Timber Industry Accord has built the publication ‘Timber: Growing our Low-Carbon Economy’, a document that underpins the fabulous credentials of timber and the immense potential of this industry, from forestry through to product manufacturers.
This document, a manifesto of sorts, draws out how we already contribute and across the four crucial areas
- Growing our Low Carbon Economy
- Providing sustainable jobs and growth,
- helping to build zero carbon homes efficiently, and
- providing the natural choice for health and well-being