Residential BIM modeling in Multifamily

Residential BIM modeling benefits for multifamily projects

Jul 02, 2019

The Residential sector, and especially the multifamily subsector, holds great potential for growth. Residential Projects can be enhanced with a well-thought BIM modeling strategy. Find out in this article how.

The residential multifamily market is maintaining high demand numbers in the US. According to a report from CBRE, 2019 was forecasted to be a healthy year for the multifamily sector. The total demand should mirror the high level achieved in 2018.

This fact is certainly great news. But there are also some challenges for the sector. The great amount of supply is reported to exceed the market demand, which limits the rent growth. 

The report also states that current lifestyles trends end up favoring multifamily housing. Delayed marriage, delayed childbearing and the preference for renting instead of owning sustain the demand in this residential sector.

Concerning residential multifamily construction, a decline in construction starts will occur. This situation correlates with nationally high construction starts in 2017 and 2018. Which translates into high levels of completion in 2019 and early 2020.

With a healthy multifamily submarket and the expectation of growth according to the housing needs in large cities in the US (take Los Angeles, for instance), architectural studios, developers and general contractors should aim at BIM modeling devices as it brings clear advantages for the construction process.

Furthermore, out of all the sectors that are embracing BIM into their designs, the residential sector is the slowest. When a salubrious livable atmosphere is a key feature in the residential sector, it is vital to assure the safety of building throughout its life cycle.

Residential BIM modeling has a lot of benefits for Multifamily projects

What are the benefits of BIM services for residential multifamily projects?

For large scale high-rise projects, it is common to see Building Information Modeling as a part of the Construction Project. To add more, in the UK, BIM is going to be mandatory on residential high rise projects.

BIM 3D designs are used in the design and documentation stages of college campuses, big commercial real estate developments, and government facilities.

But in reality, BIM modeling is a very suitable procedure for all kinds of multifamily projects as well. Including home builders, as well.

BIM also gives an insight into the materials used, the life cycle of a particular building, and the cost of making it. Let’s find out which are the main advantages of working with BIM for residential multifamily developments.


By working with intelligent 3D models, it is possible to document some other features that 2D programs cannot. For example, the site’s topography, where the home will be located, and how it will look “placed in”. If we add VR, clients can be immersed in their future home, allowing project management to avoid costly and time-consuming change orders.

This has another useful edge for sales efforts: BIM models provide great marketing material. With 3D models, sale teams can generate spontaneous visuals.

Whether it be a simple elevation, isometric view, animated walkthrough or a full VR immersive experience. Those are a great marketing cutting edge to sell multifamily developments.

Santa Clara Square is one of the Multifamily Residential projects where we implemented our BIM modeling services.

Multifamily Detailing

If there is a clear benefit of BIM modeling services, it is the capacity of creating details in seconds. Graphical and non-graphical information can be added to an existing building information model to communicate further information about the project.

This is a great software application for residential BIM modeling. Housing developments have several units sharing the same details. By implementing BIM 3D models, AEC project management can instantly apply detail changes at the same time.

Read more about how we have enhanced Residential projects by using 3D BIM design in multifamily business development.

Time and money

When an entire team is working on a BIM model, loads of time can be saved by pulling information from a single BIM document. This has a great impact on a multifamily project schedule.

Rather than starting the same work all over again in a new workflow, information can be simply passed to the person who needs it. All the information necessary for residential developments can be found in a single space. This integration is what makes BIM different from 2D approaches in the AEC industry.

Reducing the time has the potential to lower the cost to architecture studios. Design and Construction Drawings can be created in less time than using 2D drawings. Every BIM software at present is designed to help builders and developers build more efficiently.

A better collaboration approach

The way teams collaborate in residential BIM modeling is widely improved by all the information available in a BIM model.

With the 3D visual information provided by BIM software, owners and developers can collaborate on the same BIM model. They can do it from mobile and online apps.

This approach makes collaboration happen before construction because the information is extracted from the model before taking it to the real world.

It is an important feature for the Residential sector. These developments consist of separate housing contained within one or several buildings. Thus, collaboration in a single space becomes mandatory to avoid as many expenses and delays as possible.


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CATEGORIES: CorbisStudio