Building modelling through BIM
Jordan’s National Energy Research Centre (RSS/NERC) is working on a BEEP (BIM for energy efficiency in the public sector) project designed to improve energy efficiency in public buildings. Using BIM (building information modelling) technology, which enables data from a building to be modelled, the BEEP project will carry out surveys of government buildings and analyse the data obtained to identify areas where energy savings can be made. Once in place, this methodology will be used as a guideline for the work to refurbish the public buildings, supported by private funding through the Energy Performance Contracting.
Set up in collaboration with the Institut des Sciences du Patrimoine Culturel (ISPC), Italy’s National Research Council CNR and other EU and MENA region partners, the BEEP project is due to run until August, 2022. It brings together eight partners from seven countries with a budget of €19.3M. 90% is allocated by the EU through the European Neighbourhood Instrument’s Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme cross-border cooperation initiative.
Simultaneously, at a workshop held in Amman, the NERC launched Phase II (2019-2021) of work on its BUILD_ME project. The project aims to install high energy-efficiency heating and cooling systems running on renewable energy in new buildings in the MENA region. Funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and supported by the German Ministry of the Environment, BUILD_ME is also being deployed in Egypt and Lebanon.
The forty or so workshop participants discussed how energy efficiency building codes can be applied, international and local funding mechanisms for energy efficiency measures, the current baseline reference for building construction and the certification and rating systems in Jordan.