BIM-based circularity assessments across project phases

Li Jiang*, Marc Casper van den Berg, Hans Voordijk, Arjen A. Adriaanse

*Corresponding author for this work

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Building information modelling (BIM) technologies offer new opportunities to develop methods for assessing the circularity performance of constructions. Although
various methods are available for measuring the circularity performance, most of them have not explicitly defined the requirements regarding the Level of development
(LOD) of BIM models. To support circular design and construction practices, project stakeholders require actual circularity insights during different project phases with
different LOD levels. In response to this need, this research iteratively developed a prototypical BIM-based circularity assessment tool following the steps of a design
science research methodology. Utilising an assessment module which comprises three different calculation models, the resulting tool can provide circularity insights
during different project phases (with different LODs), including the initial, design and construction phases. The tool was further validated through 12 user-based evaluation
sessions and implemented in a case project. It thus provides stakeholders with timely and relevant information to make circularity-related decisions throughout various
phases of construction projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication39th Annual ARCOM Conference 2023, Leeds, United Kingdom
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2023
Event39th Annual ARCOM Conference 2023: Constructing for the Future - University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20236 Sept 2023
Conference number: 39


Conference39th Annual ARCOM Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleARCOM
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • BIM
  • circularity
  • assessment
  • design science
  • LOD
  • projects


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