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Dubai expert says BIM uptake for façade design is growing

Regulatory updates focussed on BIM and fire safety are also improving façade design in the region, AESG's Belarmino Cordero told ConstructionWeekOnline

Faade design is evolving in the Middle East [representational image].
Faade design is evolving in the Middle East [representational image].

Technology is supporting façade design in the Middle East, an industry expert told ConstructionWeekOnline.

Belarmino Cordero, division manager for façades at AESG, a UAE-based consultancy, said awareness about "the sustainability aspects of façades, as well as [their] performance, quality, and durability" is regionally increasing.

READ: UAE bank swaps cladding at under-construction HQ

He added: "We also see that building envelope commissioning is now being demanded from design through to construction stages.

"More and more, computational technology such as [building information modelling] and parametric design for façade optimisation is now being introduced to façade design."

WATCH: AESG's Saeed Al Abbar on the UAE's new fire code

AESG's Coredero said innovation in the façade design sector would be driven by regulations. 

He explained: "One of the main influencers of change is regulations – whether this involves new standards are being implemented or old ones are modified.

"Examples of these include BIM being made mandatory for architects, new fire and life safety codes imposing more restrictions on materials and testing, and thermal regulations demanding the use of thermal breaks." 

Cordero's views will be published as part of a special feature on façades, which will be published in Construction Week #671 (6 October, 2017). 

READ: RERA begins replacement of Dubai façades to boost fire safety

Façade systems have been under the scanner over the past year in the UAE, since local authorities announced that a new fire code would be launched for the country's construction sector.

Cladding is among the key components expected to be addressed in the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice 2017. 


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