Bringing Human-Centredness to Technologies for Buildings: An agenda for linking new types of data to the challenge of sustainability

Clara Vite, Anca-Simona Horvath, Gina Neff, Naja L. Holten Møller

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Abstract

The politics around data and power relations related to technologies for buildings is a new area for HCI. This paper proposes an agenda for linking new types of data to the challenge of sustainability, bringing human-centredness to a particular tool for design and engineering professionals, Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM is the preferred technology platform for coordination and collaboration in architectural design and construction. BIM contains different types of data and information about a building including 3D (geometry), 4D (time), 5D (cost), 6D (facility management) and 7D (sustainability). Once constructed, this 'digital twin' of the building allows for adding new services and for stakeholders interacting with the building design through through sensors, immersive experiences and virtual, augmented and mixed realities. As a socio-technical software process, BIM also accommodates diverging agendas on design and construction for sustainability, and these diverging concepts about 'sustainability' "live"in different places with implications for the resulting BIM models. Based on our findings, we suggest a better integration and coherent representation of such issues of interest not only to new services but also stakeholders into the different forms of data (e.g. facilities management and sustainability). We argue for a stronger shared understanding of BIM as a platform for engaging with technologies designed for interacting with buildings and push agendas of sustainable construction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHItaly '21 : Proceedings of the 14th Biannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter
Editors Antonella De Angeli, Luca Chittaro, Rosella Gennari, Maria De Marsico, Alessandra Melonio, Cristina Gena, Luigi De Russis, Lucio Davide Spano
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2021
Pages1-8
Article number10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450389778
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Common Data Environments
  • building information modeling (BIM)
  • Digitized Construction
  • Sustainability

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