CYPE and the Scientific and Technical Center for Building (in its French acronym CSTB) have presented the agreement by which the two entities will collaborate in the development of a program for analysing the Life Cycle of a building in France during the EnerJ-meeting 2019 in Paris.
During the presentation of the agreement between Yves Menez, director at CYPE France, and Patrick Corrales, head of the CSTB software department, the two representatives explained that the development of this new tool is motivated by the future French code that will require French designers to present the life cycle analysis of a building in France from 2020 onwards.
The new tool, which will be called ElodieBIM by CYPE, will be able to calculate the impact of the phases of raw material extraction, transportation to factories, manufacturing, product transport, product installation and construction thanks to the data provided by the French CSTB. In addition, the software will be implemented in the Open BIM workflow following the standards of buildingSMART International, a non-profit association whose main objective is to promote efficiency in the construction industry through the use of open standards of interoperability in BIM (Building Information Modelling).
CYPE and the CSTB, a collaboration that started in a European research project
The collaboration between CYPE and the CSTB began in 2014 within the European research project Holisteec, an initiative in which the two entities participated with the aim of designing and developing a technological platform able to be configured as a single point where the different modelling parts of any job related to architecture, engineering and construction can be brought together, facilitating the interconnection between all these parts and between the different professionals involved in it.
Since that date, the two entities have continued to collaborate on an ongoing basis in the development of new specialised tools. More specifically, CYPE and the CSTB have developed the CYPETHERM COMETH program for the modelling and energy simulation of buildings with the CSTB "COMETH" calculation engine and AcoubatBIM by CYPE, a tool that carries out the acoustic calculation and analysis of buildings based on BIM technology.
The CSTB, a public service in France
The Scientific and Technical Center for Building (CSTB) is a public service organisation with four key activities: research, assessment, certification and knowledge dissemination. All these areas are organised in order to address the energy challenges of the construction industry by improving the quality and safety of buildings.