The combination of sustainable design strategies and BIM technology is already changing the profession dramatically, bringing a higher-quality design to mainstream architectural practice.

BIM and LEED are unrelated; the former is a tool and the latter is a measuring system. However, architects have learned how to leverage BIM software to deliver some of the most highly-publicized LEED buildings in the U.S. BIM design models can be used to produce complete construction documents, as well the following:

1) Link project information directly to a web-based MasterSpec/LEED specification.

2) Quantify material content in fixtures or furniture counts for LEED credits, such as MR Credit 4.1: Recycled Content or similar credits.

3) Link the design model to energy modeling programs, such as Ecotect, eQuest, and DOE-2 (from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).

4) Assess product life cycle information with programs like eLCie that link life cycle assessment data from Autodesk Revit models to LEED credit evaluations.

BIM software is the go-to software for LEED accredited professionals. It quickly quantifies, displays, and formats many of the critical measurements that LEED certification requires, freeing design staff to concentrate non-clerical tasks.

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