SAN FRANCISCO, CA – National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a two-day meeting, July 21-22, 2010, at the Institute entitled Smart Buildings and Smart Energy – From Vision to Reality.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been capturing headlines in design and construction circles for years, but Facilities life-cycle, HVAC and Energy Management have been slow in realizing the applicability and benefits to their disciplines. The goal of the meeting was to start unraveling the root causes of the situation and create a roadmap of practical action items for the building industry, the Institute, academia and government agencies. Meeting participants, including EcoDomus representatives, discussed how to go beyond merely moving to the edge of performance and to move to Smart Energy behavior based upon interactions with policies, business goals and business challenges. Participants also covered techniques to extend retro-BIM as a path to improving Maintenance & Operations, HVAC and Energy Management for existing buildings.

Several presentations were made on barriers to bigger uptake of BIM and related technologies in Facilities, HVAC and Energy Management, followed by presentations on cases where it was done beneficially. The main purpose of the gathering was to reveal barriers and problems, identify opportunities and gaps in knowledge of technologies and create a plan of action, including strategies for standardization, regulation and funding.