Material efficiency insights with BIM-based circularity assessment: A design science research study

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

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The construction industry is in the process of becoming circular where economic
growth is decoupled from materials extraction. Several assessment methods are being developed to measure the circularity, but no practical tool is available yet for understanding material efficiency in construction projects. Designers and other stakeholders, accordingly, have limited understanding about how circular their projects are. Through building on the potentials of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a digital whole life-cycle methodology, this research, therefore, aims to iteratively develop a BIM-based circularity assessment tool. A design science research methodology was adopted during a large-scale renovation project with circularity ambitions in the Netherlands. Following the steps of design science research, the research identified the stakeholders' problem, defined a design objective, designed a circularity assessment tool, demonstrated its usage in a BIM environment, evaluated the user experiences and communicated possible future improvements. It thus provides new opportunities for project stakeholders to gain (circular) material efficiency insights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARCOM 2022 Conference
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2022
Event38th Annual ARCOM Conference 2022: Building Back Wiser - Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Sept 20227 Sept 2022
Conference number: 38


Conference38th Annual ARCOM Conference 2022
Abbreviated titleARCOM
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • BIM
  • Circularity assessment
  • Design science
  • Project
  • renovation


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