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Press release5 July 2021Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs1 min read

Cost/benefit analysis for Building Information Modelling (BIM)

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and the EU Building Information Modelling Task Group (EU BIM Task Group) support digital innovation in the construction ecosystem.

By digitising the lifecycle (design, construction and operation) of built assets, we can increase transparency in the processes themselves and improve the construction sector’s competitiveness and efficiency. Innovation in this sector also contributes to the EU strategic priorities of the 'European Green Deal' and 'A Europe Fit for a Digital Age'.

Leading the way, the Directorate-General for Industry and the EU BIM Task Group recently published a methodology, handbook and calculation tool. It can be used for measuring the costs and benefits of BIM for individual public projects throughout the EU, for all phases of the lifecycle. This practical support for public procurers can help verify the costs and benefits of using BIM and justify potentially higher planning costs at the beginning of the project by calculating the benefits during construction and operation. The package of methodology, handbook and calculation tool provides the first practical assistance for procurers to help digitise the construction sector, as described in the 'Renovation Wave for Europe'.

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is at the heart of the digital transformation of the sector. Particularly, it serves as the foundation for collaboration throughout the whole lifecycle based on smart digital models of built assets. Therefore, BIM integrates into the EU Directive on Public Procurement to enhance transparency and efficiency in public spending and to boost the digitisation of construction.

More information

Discover the BIM CBA package for procurers (calculation tool, methodology handbook and training materials) on the EU BIM Task Group website and see the section on cost benefits in public procurement.

For feedback and comments, please email adminateubim [dot] eu (admin[at]eubim[dot]eu)