BLP unveils sustainability software

  • Date: 04/06/2010

Builder & Engineer: BLP, the technical buildings and insurance specialist, has just announced its latest residential market product Butterfly - a sustainability software tool designed to transform the business of housing construction in the UK. The £1.25m project is part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board. The tool will be fully functional towards the end of 2012.

Butterfly will simplify and improve decision making for new build and refurbishment developments by incorporating, for the first time, in one software tool, life cycle, fabric, embodied and operational energy and carbon metrics as well as a Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) calculator. It will be available on-line and will include default building models and a library of optional building elements, assemblies, energy and carbon data that users can select to model specific buildings.

To ensure Butterfly delivers on its promise, BLP has brought together a project team of academic and industry expert partners. They come from the University of Cambridge's Centre for Sustainable Development; University College London Energy Institute and Willmott Dixon Housing.

"Butterfly will represent a great leap forward for residential stakeholders and the environment by giving the full picture of whole life cost and value in a carbon context," says Simon Main, Managing Director, BLP. "This is a significant and radical development for a market place that has for too long been preoccupied with initial capital cost. With this new product we are responding to the need to help the supply chain address the design and construction of low carbon, energy efficient buildings.

"The market place has been grappling with energy evaluations, carbon emissions and costs to determine best value and optimal design," Main continues. "Butterfly will address these issues in one tool - which will, incidentally, overcome the shortcomings of currently available operational energy modelling. Construction professionals, ranging from architects to surveyors, builders and developers to social housing organisations and local authorities will find this a highly useful development.

"Butterfly is being developed for professionals with the environment in mind and will have a leading role to play in the residential construction industry. BLP knows how to improve the quality of decision making in construction - we have strong expertise in the sector and a solid track record of developing a successful specialist software tool to help construction professionals," Main concludes.

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