BIM4Ren Kick-off Meeting

The BIM4Ren project started successfully on October 2018: our kick-off meeting took place in Bordeaux on October, 24th and 25th, 2018. Financed up to € 7 million by the EU programme Horizon 2020, this project involves 23 partners spread across 10 countries for a 4 year long series of developments on the topic of the exploitation of BIM potential for the energy renovation of existing buildings for the whole construction value chain. The kick-off meeting was hosted by project coordinator Nobatek/INEF4 and was attended by 43 people.

BIM is too often perceived as a collection of complex tools and work methods that require several weeks of heavy training, often inaccessible to small companies from a financial and practical point of view. The BIM4REN partnership aims to make full use of BIM technology to improve the energy efficiency in situations of refurbishment and renovation of the existing building stock, with a particular attention for construction micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Top-notch RTOs active in the built environment domain (Nobatek, CSTB, Tecnalia, TNO and Fraunhofer ISE) will work alongside key industrial actors (EDF, CMB Carpi and ATI Project), Universities (Aachen University and Vilnius University), R&D firms (R2M Solution, COMET and Ekodenge), technology providers (IES, EnerBIM, WiseBIM, VRM and AEC3), SME contractors (Kursaal and Termoline), a social Housing organisation (Logirep), the Green Building Council- Italy and the European Builders Confederation EBC, the European organisation representing micro, small and medium-sized construction companies.

Given the size and complexity of our project, the kick-off meeting was an effective tool to clarify the main objectives of each of the eleven project work packages and to start discussing in detail the role of each partner. The kick-off meeting was our first, successful step towards easy BIM tools for collaborative energy renovation processes!

If you want to learn more, make sure to take a look at the press release issued on the occasion of this meeting: you can download it from our files or read it online here.