Green Buildings: Stripping Carbon From Construction With Digital Solutions

To achieve greener buildings, companies need technology that can enable decarbonization efforts quickly and keep costs under control.

Pursuing a Greener Purpose

Cities create a huge carbon footprint. As urban populations grow, they will continue to produce vast amounts of emissions and waste. Cities are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, whereas the construction industry accounts for 38% of global energy-related emissions. 

As a major employer and a major polluter, the construction industry also holds the solution for sustainability. 

Reset and Improve the Way You Build

What can companies do to accelerate sustainable architecture? Explore how digitalization can streamline construction projects, analyze material impact and measure energy consumption. 

The Green Lining in Grey Buildings

There is an increasing number of sustainable innovations already in place to make the construction industry greener, which includes:

Using sustainable materials

Authorities are imposing carbon taxes that force the industry to be more responsible for its materials usage, such as using more recycled materials, including reused steel, and environmentally friendly materials like wood or bamboo.

Improving waste management

Better monitoring and planning of construction projects can ensure that only the materials needed are procured, cutting down on waste products and costs.

Minimizing transportation

By optimizing logistical frameworks, such as utilizing materials from suppliers close to hand, construction operators can keep transport needed to a minimum, reducing life cycle emissions.

While efforts are underway to decarbonize the construction industry, a successful implementation is challenging without digitalization. 

A key digital enabler in the pursuit of sustainable progress is an integrated cloud environment. This is where Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE® platform delivers value. It enables companies to share data safely and easily while reducing large-scale inefficiencies across the construction value chain, resulting in less waste, cost and carbon emissions. 

There is a growing urgency to change our ways of production and consumption. We need to rethink everything. Using technology to solve problems more sustainably is an amazing opportunity that can be realized with the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

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Alice Steenland
Chief Sustainability Officer, Dassault Systèmes

Building Better on the Cloud

On the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform, companies can create a virtual twin of the built environment and use it to test the implementation of more sustainable materials and construction techniques. This enables companies to improve collaboration and construction logistics while incorporating better sustainability measures throughout the entire project lifecycle. 

For companies aiming to construct sustainable buildings, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform allows them to:

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Virtually determine building materials with less carbon emissions

By virtually exploring and choosing low-carbon structural materials such as green concrete and recycled steel, companies can measure the impact on emissions even before the materials reach the construction site. Through virtual simulation, Bouygues Group aims to reduce its concrete-related carbon intensity by 40% and increase the use of sustainable wood by 30%.

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Optimize and standardize construction processes

Companies gain complete in-house control over every aspect of their work, from design, manufacturing, transportation to the assembly of building components. Digital technology enables Bouygues Group to build factories that can manufacture 2,000 modular apartments per year that are quick, clean and easy to assemble at the worksite. Additionally, this low-carbon autonomous social housing decreases water consumption by 70% and household waste by 40%.

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Digitally simulate, build and test buildings

Companies can rely on digital engineering solutions to reduce a building’s long-term environmental impact. Through digital measurement, benchmarking, knowledge sharing, and implementation of best practices, companies can mitigate carbon-intensive processes, speed up construction and keep costs low. CadMakers created 3D structural models and simulations to complete the Tallwood House project about 70% faster and at less cost while reducing 2,432 metric tons of CO2.

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Ensure digital continuity

Teams traditionally isolated from the construction process can collaborate on all project parameters, leading to better planning and resource management and reduced errors and design time. Leko Labs uses the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to simulate all aspects of the workflow and share designs among all stakeholders to perfect and optimize every element of a project digitally before committing to physical resources. 

There is now a powerful, collaborative and scalable way to build and monitor sustainably, brick by brick — with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Real-World Benefits of the Virtual Twin