The Metal Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association welcomes the introduction of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into the design stage as it will enable all members of the supply chain to work collaboratively through the access and sharing of information about components, systems and their in-service use.

The acronym BIM has quickly entered the vocabulary of the construction industry but what exactly does BIM mean? It is a process of collaboration using computer models for a project in replace of separate drawings. Essentially there are two sides to BIM; 3D modelling and central information storage. Each product or system for the 3D model is referred to as an object; an insulation manufacturer for example, will have one object for each thickness of each product that they choose to include. These objects are then hosted on the web and allow designers to specify them in their models.

Companies within MCRMA provide backing for BIM-based design projects and provide expert advice about the specification of CE marked products. In support of these activities, the MCRMA’s independent roofing and cladding inspectors group provide professional advice about the building envelope during the design, assembly and operating phase of construction.