What is BIM?

“The shared use of structured data” within the design, construction (or retrofit), operations/maintenance and deconstruction of a building”.

Knauf Insulation Building Information Modelling BIM

Since the early days, we have been leading the way when it comes to BIM. Our BIM experts across Europe and the US worked on several BIM standards across Northern Europe especially where BIM has now established a European Standard.

We were the first insulation manufacturer in the world to make our product data open and available to all our customers in all BIM formats (IFC, COBie etc..). Our BIM objects are not only easily accessible and user-friendly; they are also packed with reliable, comprehensive data, such as DOP, EPDs and CE  marking.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) will have a major impact on the design, construction and operation of a building over its life time and as such is set to revolutionise the way buildings are procured and managed in the future.

BIM has the potential to deliver capital expenditure savings of approximately 15-20% per project and its use will be compulsory on all Government funded projects by 2016, and when you take into account the fact that 44% of all construction projects are Government funded you can understand why the Government is driving its implementation.


Knauf Insulation BIM
Roof BIM Objects

View and download our selection of Roof insulation product BIM objects

Knauf Insulation BIM
Floor BIM Objects

View and download our selection of Floor insulation product BIM objects

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Wall BIM Objects

View and download our selection of Wall insulation product BIM objects

The potential benefits
The potential benefits

BIM could bring apply equally to the private sector, so both sectors should in the future be in a position to take advantage and deliver benefits for projects across the built environment.

A comprehensive library of BIM Objects for our products (material objects) and construction build ups (material layer sets) are available free of charge and in the following formats:

  • Autodesk Revit
  • Graphisoft ArchiCAD
  • Bentley Microstation
  • Nemetschek Vectorworks
  • IFC (Industry Foundation Class)

We have structured our product datasets based strictly on the current UK COBie templates and have generated our product data in IFC (Industry Foundation Class) in accordance with ISO 16739:2013 using strict software driven processes to ensure our data is high quality and consistently defined.

This is one of first steps towards full open interoperability, which will ensure an easier transition for the project team when engaging in proper Level 2 BIM projects, and looking forward to the future, will be essential for Level 3.

In essence we have produced state of the art, future proof BIM materials which meet both present and future requirements, something that not all product manufacturers can claim.

Please select a BIM object collection below:

Construction Build Ups (Material Layer Sets):