By Lynn Pearcey, MBA, Copywriter, AIA Contract Documents
August 8, 2023
In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk surrounding understanding Building Information Modeling and its benefits. Most view it as a tool best suited for use on large structures. Skyscrapers, convention centers, stadiums, and universities were primary targets; all still use building information modeling (BIM) to manage data and design processes. Creating digital replicas and visualizations of the structure before construction gives users insights that improve efficiency and save on costs while avoiding rework. Those same benefits can also be seen in residential construction as builders continue infusing BIM into their design processes.
Moving to residential is a logical progression for BIM. This is especially true when considering the smaller residential profit margins compared to the commercial builds that use BIM. With BIM in the mix, residential builders see increases in all the core project metrics, including efficiency, costs, and profits. If you’re a residential builder and still on the fence about if and how to use BIM, here are four benefits you should consider.
Productivity means profitability, and every residential construction site looks to be as productive as possible. Using BIM, the information that builders use to design and build homes has more integrity. When this happens, builders can move forward with peace of mind knowing that they have the most accurate read on the project. Builders have better visibility and forecast for challenges during the planning phase instead of dealing with them when they occur.
The only constant in a construction project is change, and the inability to pivot and manage the changes costs valuable profits that could help grow their business. BIM removes the guesswork of change. The predictive modeling technology of BIM allows builders to create forecasts that account for unforeseen challenges. Predictive modeling also helps builders meet deadlines while, at the same time, protecting their profits.
Better finished product
“Teamwork makes the dreamwork” is a time-tested phrase, and nowhere is it more accurate than on a construction project using BIM. With BIM, all the project participants can collaborate and communicate throughout the various stages of development. Every member of the build can also see the communications in real-time, making this an even more enticing addition to any residential project. When this happens, it leads to a better finished product and most important of all, a satisfied customer.
How a company uses technology speaks volumes about them and shows the investment they’re willing to make in themselves and their customers. Using BIM for your residential projects puts your brand head and shoulders above those who aren’t. If you’re a residential builder, think in terms of being able to show your customer digital renderings of every phase of a project. The ability to do this and other features and functionalities in BIM acts as a point of separation and a significant competitive advantage.
From commercial to residential, BIM makes life easier. If you’re not already using it your residential construction projects, you must consider infusing this technology soon. As BIM continues to evolve and become more advanced, having a baseline puts your organization in a position of strength.
The impact BIM will have on your business today is unmistakable. More importantly than your current state, consider the future of your business. BIM says your operations are on the leading edge, your team is full of forward-thinkers, and you’re always looking to positively impact the most significant part of the transaction: your customer.
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