Sustainable Resources for Small-Scale BIM

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Vectorworks, Inc.
Presented by François Lévy, AIA, NCARB, AIAA

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about quantitative BIM design opportunities and the value of applying them to a resource-efficient design process.
  2. Understand how building design information can be a powerful foundation for an architectural response to material and resource use.
  3. Identify the applicability of BIM tools and workflows to achieve project goals for sustainable resource use and building performance.
  4. Learn about specific cases demonstrating BIM's role in the optimized design of materially efficient, high-performance buildings.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

BIM has primarily been considered for large project documentation efficiency, and smaller projects and their design processes are often neglected. This session’s goal is to show architects and allied design professionals how they inherently data-rich nature of BIM can serve smaller and design-oriented projects by refining building design to use resources like building materials more sustainably. The design techniques discussed here can lead to richer, higher-performing buildings using fewer resources. Through a series of technical vignettes, participants will see BIM in a new light: far more than an improved documentation and sharing environment reserved for large projects, BIM can improve both the efficiency of the design process and the efficiency of the design itself.

Sustainable Resources

Photo credit: Photo courtesy of François Lévy | architecture + interiors pllc


Texas architect François Lévy holds an M.Arch and an MS in architectural engineering from UT Austin, where he’s taught in both the School of Architecture and Engineering, as well as at UT San Antonio and St Edward’s University. His projects have attracted national press, including Dwell Magazine and HGTV. Author of BIM for Design Firms and BIM in Small-Scale Sustainable Design, a contributor to The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, he’s lectured widely on sustainability, BIM, and space architecture, on which he has presented at international conferences.


Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is an award-winning design and BIM software provider serving the architecture, landscape architecture and entertainment industries in 85 countries. Creating intuitive software since 1985, we’ve become the preeminent software built to manage the entire design process. Globally more than 685,000 users are creating, connecting and influencing the next generation of design with Vectorworks on Mac and Windows. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Newbury and London, England and Vancouver, Canada, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at or follow @Vectorworks.


Originally published in September 2021