December 2018

Sustainable MEP design with BIM content

With increased demands for sustainable design in the construction process coming from regulatory institutions, as well as the general public and project owners, MEP specialists have to be properly equipped to respond to market expectations. Sustainable engineering is not only on a mission to avoid natural damage and reduce waste, but it also aims to increase comfort and utility in the building and increase bottom-line revenues by saving energy.

What does sustainable design mean?

Designing in a sustainable way means being aware of the impact generated by human activity and planning it in such ways that the damaging effects on the surroundings and finite resources are diminished or completely eliminated.

Moreover, green design is aligned with traditional considerations about construction, such as utility, comfort or durability of the building. In fact, it aims to significantly improve the overall experience by reducing the costs of operation and maintenance. This is possible through the use of more efficient technology based on alternative energy sources other than fossil fuels, that generate outputs in an economical manner.

Sustainable design thinking is ideally present throughout the life cycle of a building, from the planning and design phase, to estimating, to construction, operation and finally maintenance.

Why should you mind?

As a study produced by the Department of Industry and Science showed, HVAC equipment and systems are responsible for more than 41% of all primary energy consumption in a building. By optimizing MEP systems with the aim of reducing energy consumption and increasing conform at the same time, buildings will become more efficient, and ultimately more profitable, since the costs associated with generating energy per year will decrease accordingly. There are several ways you can start implementing sustainable HVAC design strategies in your projects.

Solar panels (photovoltaic panels)

Solar energy has been around for years and is a leading renewable energy source alongside wind power, hydropower and geothermal energy. In Germany for instance, solar power was responsible for 5.9% of the country total electricity generation in 2016, according to a Strom Report.

  • Remeha’s solar collectors can drastically improve energy efficiency in a building. Installed in combination with boilers (e.g. Calenta series) and thermostats. The resulting configuration becomes a solar-thermal hybrid system that can safely be labeled eco-friendly.

High efficiency heat pumps

Traditional fuel-based energy sources such as boilers that run on coal are less and less used in modern construction projects. That is because they are very CO2 intensive, generating large amounts of carbon emissions that are sent into the atmosphere contributing to pollution and consequently to global warming.

So far governments and councils of scientists have proved unable to find a scalable way to extract the carbon from the atmosphere that has already been released through combustion. That means the only way to stop endangering our ecosystem further is to stop emitting nocive substances in order to power our everyday lives.

Some very popular alternative energy sources are heat pumps, and that is not only due to the environmental reasons attached to them. Heat pumps have a very good COP (coefficient of performance). This represents the ratio between the amount of resources needed and the heating and cooling produced based on that input. A normal heat pump will on average produce 4kW of heat for every 1kW of electricity put in which is equivalent to a COP of 4. For gas heating system, we are generally looking at a COP of around 0.85. So not only are heat pumps greener, but they are also great money savers.

  • The aroTHERM Split heat pump from Vaillant is suitable for semi-detached homes and single-family houses. It is formed by two components: an indoor and an outdoor unit. The system uses the heat stored in the outside air and transforms it into energy that can be controlled to regulate the inside temperature.

  • The Hisense VRF HI-FLEXI M Series inverter air conditioner systems generate significant improvement in operation efficiency under partial load. This is because of the high-efficiency scroll compressor featured with leading frequency inverter control technology.

  • The EnviLine outdoor unit - Split or Monoblock - is combined with a bivalent wall-mounted EnviLine indoor unit and an external auxiliary heater, such as a central heating boiler or a wood or pellet stove. An advantage of this variant is that the control of the heat pump continuously determines whether it is more cost-efficient to use the heat pump or the auxiliary heater. Nefit solar panels can be connected directly to the indoor unit for green power supply.

  • ALEC (ATAG's Low Energy Concept) is a hybrid boiler that uses solar energy for heating and hot water with very high domestic hot water performance. This is a hybrid system with an energy storage tank that allows a very low energy consumption.

Air Conditioners powered by AI

Data can be used to automate certain processes that can increase efficiency and reduce waste, such as in the case of artificial intelligence powered HVAC systems. Weather conditions can now be monitored an predicted with up to one hour ahead and the functioning of the air conditioners and heat pumps alike can be adapted to the newly acquired set of information.

  • Fujitsu heat pumps and air conditioners use input about outside temperatures and humidity to make their own automated decisions about air cooling and air temperatures. By relying on AI data to control the functioning of the system in the best way, optimal energy use is ensured.

  • Air conditioners from Mitsubishi Electric are equipped with advanced sensor units that monitor the locations of people in the room, their level of activity, can measure floor temperatures, and temperature changes in the room if curtains are opened and closed, and more. Based on the data obtained this way, the operations are optimized by automatically adjusting air-conditioning levels.

Ventilation with heat recovery

Another important goal of green building is ensuring indoor environmental quality. Indoor spaces need to be properly insulated and ventilated in order to prevent the accumulation of moisture that can cause mold and other bacteria and viruses to form. Quality of life is ideally achieved by correctly insulating buildings and making use of efficient ventilation technologies.

  • The Air 70 from Brink Climate Systems is a quiet decentralized unit that requires no ducts and can completely be built into the outside wall. The system uses the air that rises upwards after being heated by machines and people to warm up the fresh air that is blown in from outside. This is done through the built-in heat exchanger which means that there is hardly any heat loss and still healthy ventilation at all times.

  • Air Excellent from Ubbink is a complete air distribution system that guarantees lower pressure losses than traditional systems due to its radial design. This means lower energy consumption overall. Moreover, the mechanical connections ensure long-term airtightness which reduces the risk of damage over time.

  • Uniflexplus+ from Ventilair Group is an air distribution system for ventilation that can be used in residential buildings, apartment buildings and small utilities. The inside of the system has been treated with antistatic and anti-bacterial additives, which means the Uniflexplus+ is designed to prevent contamination in the system.

  • The ECOFAN recirculation fan from MARK Climate Technology will redistribute the warm blanket of air that forms under the roof to the living area. This way, the air heater will be able to provide heating faster and the energy consumption can be reduced by up to 30%.

Smart control units and sensors

These devices can be controlled through smartphones or tablets and allow homeowners to control their heating and cooling systems from wherever they are. Residents can get an overview of the energy consumption over time and optimize it by setting their preferences.

  • The CO2 sensors from Orcon will monitor the level of carbon dioxide in a living area and only command the required amount of ventilation to start when the CO2 level increases above a certain value. This way, the resident can enjoy extra comfort and energy savings.

  • The Healthbox ventilation system from Renson checks the air quality 24 hours a day for CO2 or moisture and/or VOC's (odor) per room. The ventilation level per room is fully automatically adjusted in function of the measured air quality (based on sensors in the control modules). As long as the air quality in a room is good, the ventilation level is not increased.

As an MEP specialist, you are at the core of sustainable design thinking for MEP systems. Scroll through the MEPcontent library of BIM files and choose the ones that will help you green up your design!

Fire up your productivity and model with rocket speed (Attach hangers)

The Productivity Tools App has been improved with new functionalities!

This app provides productivity support for designing MEP systems. The functionality is meant for easily connecting, rotating and reconnecting Revit families in routing systems. The tools are easy to use, powerful and versatile. Moreover, the tools can also be used with self-created families.

Next to Connect Elements, Rotate Elements around Element, Rotate Elements in free space, Reconnect Elements, Connect & Copy Elements and Connect & Rotate Elements, we just added two more!

Attach hanger(s) to System

Attach & extend hanger rod(s) to Construction.

Bonus: You can add Flamco hanger(s) to your System in Revit now!

Why the Productivity Tools?

The steps for connecting and rotating families on the Revit platform with native Revit functionality are extensive. Connect and rotate functionality with the productivity tool app increase user-friendliness, expand productivity and save clicks. Reconnect element tooling makes it easy to restore disconnected saddles and solves a native Revit platform issue.

Use these 8 Productivity Tools in one App and work faster in Revit!

Revit Apps that will Boost your Workflow

Manufacturer specific jobs are hard to achieve with plain Revit if you’re not sure whether you can trust the source of your content. There are Revit Apps available that allow users to work more flexible with content without having to search all kinds of content from all over the internet, allowing for a more consistent level of quality.

Revit Apps are great additional pieces of software that go on top of Revit. In other words, software that has functionalities (and often unique BIM data access) you cannot find in Revit.

Efficient Piping System Design

The new Product Line Placer for Piping App in Revit is a great time saver for MEP engineers and other MEP specialists. Drawing piping systems from leading manufacturers such as Geberit, Georg Fischer, Henco, Nicoll, Pegler Yorkshire, Rehau, SANHA, Uponor, Viega, VSH and Wavin is done in a blink of the eye.

With the content in the App, users can create fabrication ready piping systems. 3rd party fabrication tools are no longer required, which will massively increase the engineering productivity.

The App combines specific product and trade data from 11 manufacturers with a powerful design tool for Revit. Due to the Autorouting functionality, the correct fittings and bends are selected automatically and placed on the bill of materials. Just draw and click and you’re done.

In addition to the core functionality, the Product Line Placer for Piping App allows users to draw flexible pipe systems with special bends. This is done without any configuration needed. When selecting a flexible pipe type, you can simply form the pipe by clicking the next point for the bendable path to follow.

After you design the flexible piping systems, add the relevant tags, and finally create schedules with all relevant data such as measurements, manufacturer data and article numbers. Now your piping system can be ordered and fabricated right from within Revit.

Add Valves and Keep your Piping System Connected

Another App that works great in combination with the Piping App is the Product Line Placer for Valves. With it, you can easily filter on manufacturer, diameter, valve category, or technical properties. Select and place valves in your Revit project and work directly with localized and up-to-date manufacturer specific products.

The MEPcontent Product Line Placer for Valves App will give you access to valve series from 8 leading manufacturers (Belimo, Econosto, Hattersley, Kemper, Oventrop, TA (IMI Hydronic Engineering), Victaulic and Watts Industries) and this number will increase in the future.

Select valves based on pressure stage and have fittings and flanges added automatically. Content is optimized and localized by region including article number, GTIN, manufacturer data and category. Use the diameter from the pipes you use in your model and see what valves are available to fit with your piping system.

The two Apps can be downloaded in less than one minute from

Manufacturer Dedicated Apps

If you are only interested in content from only one or a few product manufacturers, and want to cut the clutter by only having to scroll through the content that is directly relevant to you and your project, then browse the MEPcontent store for that manufacturer specific App.

8 manufacturers have already published their own dedicated Revit Apps, with content raging from electrical equipment to heating and cooling content. MEPcontent is currently developing new Apps for 2 manufacturers based in Italy.

Visit the MEPcontent store now!
November 2018

How Building Product Manufacturers benefit from BIM [Whitepaper]

BIM isn’t something that only concerns planning and engineering agencies: also manufacturers can benefit a great deal from BIM. This free Whitepaper explains what you as a manufacturer need to know about BIM and more importantly: how to turn it into your competitive advantage.

Key take-aways from the whitepaper:

✔ Why Manufacturers should care about BIM
✔ Turn BIM into a data-driven Marketing tool
✔ Increase the likelihood of purchase through BIM

Download the whitepaper today

New products of Grundfos on MEPcontent

We've uploaded a new batch of Grundfos products on our platform More than 50 series have been added to the library. Multistage pumps from the CR series, double pumps from the Magna series, submersible pumps, circulation pumps, etcetera. The families are using type catalog files in order for engineers to make the right selection.

Here you may find all the products of Grundfos

Therminon Manifolds: Heating and Cooling Technology

Therminon is a leading company in the development and manufacturing of systems and manifolds of underfloor heating and cooling. More than 20 Revit families for manifolds are available on MEPcontent and can be downloaded for free!

Composite OEM Industry

The composite OEM manifold is available in different versions. Thanks to the insulating air chambers around the hydraulic passage there is no condensation during cooling. In heating mode the air chambers make sure that the heat loss is reduced to a minimum. The composite OEM manifold can be supplied with a pump set in case of a high-temperature system or without for heat pump installations.

Composite Nuon / Eneco

The composite manifold is used to distribute the medium in installations for underfloor heating and cooling. This series of manifolds is produced out of a special composite to be installed in low-temperature systems. The composite manifold is available in two basic versions, with or without pump mixing unit. The version with pump is available as model LTV or district heating. The model LTV is fitted with a regulating valve to limit the amount of water from the return manifold. The manifold without pump (model Industry) is especially suitable for heat pump installations where the manifold itself doesn’t need an additional pump.

View the complete BIM library of Therminon manifolds!

The CAD Revolution In Construction

From pencil and paper to 3D, 4D, or even 5D BIM— there is no question that things are changing rapidly in the construction industry. CAD is transforming the way we all work and will continue to do so in the future.

Computer technology has offered many advantages when it comes to managing processes and increasing efficiency and productivity to both design and manufacturing industries. A lot of time that was previously spent on lengthy design and correction processes by hand, has been saved by the introduction of Computer Aided Design.

The next step after 3D systems is BIM (Building Information Modelling), which is attracting a lot of attention in recent years. However, the concept of BIM dates 30 years back and nowadays we can already talk about 3D, 4D, 5D and 6D BIM. What is the history of BIM and what does the future hold when it comes to CAD?

This article continues on Constructible >>>

Product Line Sheets Solid Air on MEPcontent renewed!

10325 new and renewed Solid Air articles can be used from today by MEPcontent subscribers in Stabicad for Revit and Stabicad for AutoCAD. The PLS contains articles including properties and dimensions to make it possible to place and order the articles dimensionally stable.

In addition, Solid Air has added a large part of its perforated and swirl diffusers to the Revit .rfa range on MEPcontent.

Solid Air ceiling diffusers
Solid Air Climate Solutions offers you a wide range of ceiling diffusers. Ceiling diffusers are ideal for creating comfort zones due to the possibility to lock in larger airflows and thus remove high thermal loads. All Solid Air ceiling diffusers meet the highest demands in terms of comfort. Solid Air diffusers are suitable for both fixed and suspended ceiling installation.

Missing items?
If you miss certain items and would like to work with these items? We are happy to help! Please contact the MEPcontent team or your contact at Solid Air, or directly with the Solid Air BIM department.

How Long Before Robots Build Everything?

20 years ago, when humans talked about robots, it was still the reign of imagination. Back then, we could barely envision a world where robots could effectively accomplish tasks that were previously the exclusive domain of humans.

Today, we see robotics making headway through technologies such as exoskeletons, 3D printing, modularization and robotics, AI and analytics, digital twin technology, and supply chain optimization.

These allow managers to increase efficiencies, safety and speed through automation.

The article continues on the Constructible platform >>>

The most frightening traps when working with BIM content

When dealing with BIM content, there are two most important things that come above everything else. Making the correct choice about what content to use based on technical, maintenance and cost information and making sure the content you download is reliable and contains correct information. Here are 6 ways to make sure you chose the best content for your projects and here you can read more about what criteria guarantees the quality of your content.

We identified a couple of traps that can potentially be threatening to the correct use of BIM content in projects. And we also came up with a solution to completely eliminate these.

1. Files downloaded and stored locally

It goes without saying that downloading files on your computer and only using them after a few weeks, when you need them for a project, is not the perfect approach to working with BIM content.

The information contained in the files is in danger of getting depreciated since the content is no longer in synchronization with the platform, where any product changes are immediately made available.

2. Forgotten bookmarks

Bookmarks are actually great ways to store sources that you want to revisit when in need for specific content. But ask yourself if your bookmark structure is organized well enough that you can quickly find a page you saved a few months ago.

And even if you are a guru of organisation (kudos to you for that), bookmarks don’t have the ability to friendly remind you: “Hey, here’s a page that you really need right now, but you totally forgot about.” Unless you don’t manually open the bookmarks menu, the links stored there are forever lost.

3. Skimmed newsletter content updates

Every week you can be sure that at least two or three content highlights of the week from different manufacturers can be found in your inbox, in the MEPcontent newsletter.

But maybe you are reading the email in your lunch break, or in the evening, and you don’t really need the content at that specific moment. By the time you switch to reading the next email, the updates are out of sight, out of mind, and you may never remember that you really wanted to use that heat pump you read about in the newsletter.

One size fits all: this time for real

Instead of downloading the files locally, or simply storing web sources in your bookmarks or your memory, you can make use of a great functionality that will save you all of this trouble. Right next to the “Download” button on the content pages, there is a “Add to download list” button.

Collect all of the items that you think you might use one day in a virtual folder and only download them when you are working on your project. Being stored on the platform, you are sure they always stay up-to-date and ready to be used.

Try the download list functionality straight away to optimize your workflow!

And don’t forget to bookmark the page with your download list in MEPcontent

MXZ Inverter heat pumps from Mitsubishi Electric

The Mitsubishi Electric BIM library on MEPcontent has just been updated with several items for MXZ heat pumps. Download them here as Revit families or .IFC files!

They are also available in the Mitsubishi Electric System Designer App. This means that you can place them even faster, directly from within your project environment. The App is free to download and use from the App store and it encompasses a wide range of Mitsubishi Electric items.

MXZ Inverter heat pumps available in R32 & R410A

The MXZ Heating & Cooling INVERTER residential systems offer high-efficiency heating and cooling for a variety of rooms, including bedrooms, basements, sun rooms and more. A variety of indoor units provide zone comfort control while the INVERTER-driven compressor and electronic controls in the outdoor units provide closer control and higher efficiency with minimal power usage.

INVERTER technology

The INVERTER-driven technology results in substantial energy and utility savings for homeowners. Zone control is provided for improved comfort and decreased energy usage.

Wide Choice of Indoors

The homeowner has an even wider range of indoor unit types with a selection of almost 30 different sizes/ types including Hi Wall, Low Level Floor mounted, Concealed ducted, Ceiling suspended and of course a wide range of Ceiling Cassettes. Due to easily accessible filters, simple wiring between the indoor and outdoor units a minimal level of maintenance is needed. Stylish LN Series of Hi Wall units in R32 Refrigerant with features like Built-in Wi-Fi, 3D i-see sensor technology, Dual vane airflow control finished in a range of deep, rich colours with a Premium quality feel. The AP range offered in R32 refrigerant has a stylish design with Built-in Wi-Fi and low noise level of 19dBA. R32 is a high-efficiency refrigerant and has a low GWP of 675.

A smarter space for your installation ideas – MISTRAL series

When it comes to flexibility, usability and design ABB’s MISTRAL series of consumer units can convince installers as well as end users in any kind of electrical distribution system in residential, commercial and industrial environments.

Additionally, MISTRAL65 is suitable for outdoor applications and MISTRAL65H even for harsh environments. In order to meet the requirements of smart homes-/smart offices-applications MISTRAL Multimedia provides the very best to realize all your installation ideas efficiently – now or in the future.
October 2018

Valves, seperators and air vents from Caleffi

197 new articles from Caleffi can now be imported in Stabicad with the function ‘Import Product Lines’. The PLS contains articles that include properties and dimensions which makes them suitable to be placed dimensionally stable in AutoCAD and Revit MEP.


Caleffi is the leading Italian manufacturer of high-quality components for heating, cooling and plumbing systems and a supplier of high-performance hydronic solutions. They offer a wide range of valves for several uses including mixing valves, safety relief valves, fuel shut-off valves, temperature relief valves, differential by-pass valves and much more.

Air vents

Automatic air vents are designed to remove the air that accumulates in heating and cooling systems without the need for manual intervention. This prevents harmful air that may compromise the life and the performance of the system which includes:
  • corrosion due to the oxygen
  • pockets of air trapped in the heating emitters
  • cavitation in the circulation pumps
  • noise from air passing through the pipes

The accumulation of air bubbles in the air vent body causes the float to drop and thus the vent valve to open. The air vent functions correctly, as long as the water pressure remains below the maximum discharge pressure.

Air separators

Caleffi air separators use a coalescing element that consists of an element of concentric diamond pattern mesh surfaces. This element creates the whirling movement required to facilitate the release of micro-bubbles and their adhesion to these surfaces. The bubbles, fusing with each other, increase in volume until the bouyancy force overcomes the adhesion force to the surface. They rise to the top of the unit from where they are released through a float-operated automatic air release valve.

View the Caleffi PLS now!

AIRSTAGE™ Conditioning Systems from Fujitsu

Indoor and outdoor units from international manufacturer Fujitsu can be downloaded from MEPcontent as Revit families, CAD files or .IFC files. Here you can find the entire Fujitsu BIM object library on MEPcontent.

Heat pumps outdoor units

Due to the inverter technology and refrigerant control technology, the EER/COP has been significantly improved. The outdoor size of the units has been reduced by optimizing of equipment. This allows for a reduction in the required installation area floor space. Installation flexibility is firther ensured due to the total pipe length of 1,000m and 150m actual pipe length. From small to large buildings, any application can be supported.

Cassette type and mini Duct type indoor units

The AIRSTAGE™ indoor units were developed to be highly efficient, compact, low noise, and to have user friendly operation. The design makes that they go well with the interior decoration and are easy to install and maintain.

Download Fujitsu content here!

The Quest for BIM Objects: 6 Proven Methods to Choose the Best Content

It can be challenging to make a decision about what BIM content to use in a project. As the MEP engineer you might sometimes be pulled in several directions by the project owner, the architect and other parties taking part in the project.

There are actually two ways to approach this decision:

  1. Make your decision based on previous experience with manufacturer items and input from stakeholders -> search for content on trusted platforms -> download and place files

  2. Regularly review the content published on trusted platforms -> research product specific information and reviews from peers -> make your decision based on your knowledge and project specifications -> download and place files

As you can see, you can either base your decision on previous experience or on newly acquired knowledge. The construction industry is changing fast, just like all industries out there, and it is essential that you stay up to date with the latest developments in order to provide the best solutions for your design, no matter if you have tried it before or not.

Admittedly, the second path requires a bit more effort than the first. Instead of relying on what you already know, you have to do research, tests and comparisons, and all of it for what?

Well, in some cases, the extra knowledge can prove invaluable. For instance, instead of choosing a traditional fuel-based energy source, such as a gas boiler, you can go for a newer system for generating energy, such as a heat pump. This way, you will reduce resources spent while considerably increasing efficiency. New solutions for MEP systems are constantly being developed and introduced to the market and in order to maintain yourself ahead of the game, you need to be aware of all of them.

How to gain knowledge and review articles fast

So what are the best ways to actually review manufacturer content and decide on your best options, without spending hours browsing online for answers? Don’t worry, we made things easy for you!

1. Every week, look for the MEPcontent newsletter in your inbox

In the weekly newsletter we include the most important updates about new manufacturers joining the MEPcontent platform or new items being published. If you click on the button below each article, you will be directed to a page where you will find valuable information about the item such as best conditions in which to use it, strengths and weaknesses or background information about the manufacturing company. You can additionally visit the website of the manufacturer itself for more technical and detailed information on the product. Even if you don’t download the items straight away, at least you know what your options are.

2. Set yourself a goal to check the platform regularly and commit to it

Emails can get buried in your inbox before you get the time to read them, but there are always ways around that, since time is one of the biggest challenges today for everybody. Create a task for yourself to visit to check for the latest content updates. The latest content added will always appear on the top of the BIM overview page. Don’t forget to select the country of your choice to view the localizations available for your region. The frequency of the reminder can be daily, weekly, every few days, or as often as you think necessary. You can use this Google Chrome extension to be sure you don’t forget the commitment you made to yourself.

3. Use bookmarks to stay organized

In order to be sure that the content you are using is up-to-date, it is actually not such a good idea to download and store files locally. When there are changes made to an item, your local library will not sync automatically with the one available online, which means that you run the risk of using outdated content. In order to avoid that, but still keep yourself organized, you can use Internet bookmarks. We recommend creating a general “MEPcontent” folder that contains several sub folders named after the manufacturers that are of most interest to you. Alternatively, you can organize your folders according to categories. For instance, the general folder ”Mechanical” can contain the sub folders “Pipes”, “Valves”, “Pumps” where you store product pages from items that you would like to use for future projects. View all the categories available on MEPcontent here. Bookmarks are a great way to keep yourself organized and to make sure that you always check for the latest content updates.

4. Follow manufacturers on MEPcontent

What many MEPcontent users don’t know yet is that you can actually follow manufacturers and get personalized notifications by email when new content from them is published. It’s just like following friends on Facebook or other social platforms to get notified about their activity. You can find the “Follow” on each product page, such as this one for a Mitsubishi Electric heat pump. Look under the manufacturer information on the right side of the screen.

5. Automatically get notified when relevant updates are published

In the news section on MEPcontent we regularly publish closely verified information about BIM and MEP to help designers gain knowledge and practical information about the industry. Some of these news items end up in the newsletter, but not all of them. In order to be sure you don't miss important updates, or if you are not a big fan of email because your inbox gets cluttered too fast, you can choose to receive these updates as browser notifications. Just do a hard refresh of the MEPcontent website (Ctrl + F5 for Windows or ⇧ Shift and Reload for MAC) to clear the cookies and click "Allow" in the window that will appear next. You can switch off your notifications at any time from your browser's settings.

6. Browse and filter articles with the MEPcontent Browser

If you want to work at the highest speed, you may want to try the MEPcontent Browser plugin. It allows you to filter on several important criteria and to select the desired items from the list of results. All of it happens right within your project environment, so you never have to switch windows while working and risk losing concentration.

Go ahead and make a pledge to yourself that you will try at least 3 of these actions in order to start choosing better BIM content for your projects!

Verified and compact 3D BIM content directly in your Revit or CAD project

Why do we need BIM content?

BIM content is essential for your project. BIM articles equipped with the correct technical and geometric parameters can be an invaluable asset in the processes of forecasting, calculating and ordering. It can potentially save a lot of time and extra costs. Here you can find out more about why MEP engineers need BIM content.

There are several aspects that come into discussion when talking about BIM content. How do you make the information is correct? And do you avoid overloading your project by using large size article files? Moreover, how will you make sure that the content you use is up-to-date with the latest changes announced by the manufacturer? Taken separately, all of these issues have their solution. Which doesn’t mean that solving them separately will be fast, nor easy.

The MEPcontent Browser

The MEPcontent Browser is a plugin that can be used both in Revit and AutoCAD to easily browse, filter and insert 3D BIM content in your projects. It is a gateway to, the largest BIM library for MEP engineers, directly from within your project environment. The plugin is free to download and to use from the MEPcontent App Store.

Uniform and high quality content

In order to provide MEP engineers with reliable 3D content, we work in close collaboration with over 300 building product manufacturers worldwide. That is how we make sure that the content we make available on the MEPcontent platform and in the MEPcontent Browser is always up-to-date, uniformly build and evaluated according to the EMCS Standard and ready to be used in your projects.

Quick access to your files

You can access the BIM library directly from within your project. No need to switch to an external window or download files locally. Using the advanced filtering options such as category, manufacturers, or availability you can find the articles that you need within seconds. If you have to take some time to decide what item you want to use, you can visit the manufacturer URL included in the article description to consult the documentation provided.

A source of BIM news

The Communication Channel available in the plugin is your constant source of information about new content releases, new manufacturers joining the platform, product updates, news from the BIM industry and a lot of valuable information to help you realize better building installations.

Download the MEPcontent Browser straight away and start working faster with BIM content!

How Building Product Manufacturers Use BIM to Grow Their Business

BIM is being implemented in all parts of the construction industry and building product manufacturers are also finding ways to use it to their advantage. Whether we are talking about increasing profits with BIM, adapting to the modern workflow or operating with data, the path is clear.

Read 9 short use cases about how manfacturers ABB, Hisense, SANHA, Spelsberg, Mitsubishi Electric, Caleffi, Ubbink, Barcol-Air and IVAR are making the most out of BIM.

This Is How The Italians Adopt BIM

Image: CityLife Milano, by Deerns

Levels of BIM adoption vary across the world. However, no country remains unaffected by the new way of working. Italy is no different. In fact, according to the latest figures the value of BIM projects in the public sector reached over 2,6 billion in 2016, with a 30% increase in comparison to the year before. Kim Smit, business development specialist at MEPcontent, talks about the latest BIM developments in Italy and gives an insight into the changing industry.

How does Italy compare to other countries when it comes to BIM?

Although Italy has not been at the forefront of BIM adoption in Europe, we have seen a very significant growth in 2018. Italian manufacturers who recently started with the BIM implementation in their organization have learned from the challenges of (competing) early adopters and are using this to their advantage. Now it’s the right time for manufacturers in Italy to get BIM ready. More importantly, manufacturers can profit now from the latest, most innovative BIM solutions available on the market, which go far beyond the - let’s say – traditional content creation. Engineers will of course benefit from these solutions in their daily workflows and manufacturers are increasingly considering this when it comes to their BIM strategy.

See what your country is doing in terms of BIM adoption.

So, BIM adoption seems to be increasing, right?

If we look at the the number of Italian users of our platform we see a significant growth of 48.5% in 2018, bringing Italy to the top 10 of both number of visitors and of downloads of the MEPcontent platform. We also see leading Italian engineering firms that are willing to test our apps for Revit. So BIM is definitely gaining ground in Italy.

Additionally, BIM maturity varies a lot across regions. Especially in cities in the northern regions of Italy, like Milano, Bergamo and Brescia, firms are already operating at a high BIM maturity level similar to advanced BIM countries. We’ll see that first large and international projects are being realized with BIM, and later the smaller projects will follow.

What challenges are there when it comes to BIM adoption?

First, the Italian MEP landscape is quite dispersed: there are many small engineering firms scattered widely across the country. It will take some time for everyone to invest in the knowledge and education and the software required for BIM. Also, software incompatibility and bureaucracy can be issues to get started with BIM. These are a few things that slow the adoption of BIM down, but there’s no doubt BIM is the future, also in Italy.

What is the government’s approach to BIM?

The government is definitely supporting the development of BIM. A decree has been issued with a multi-year plan stating that all public projects have to be realized with BIM in 2022. From January 2019 this will be a requirement for all projects worth more than 100 million euros; in 2021 for the more complex projects, and in 2022 for all public projects. This will give the smaller firms some time to prepare themselves for BIM. Additionally, an Italian norm is being developed: the UNI 11337 (Normativa UNI 11337). Different parts of this standard have already been published, providing guidelines and a framework for managing digital information processes.

Are there other ways to accelerate the BIM adoption?

What will help is the drive of manufacturers to keep a competitive position. Increasingly, MEP engineering firms are taking the quality of BIM objects into consideration when selecting a manufacturer. Therefore internationally oriented Italian manufacturers have been working with BIM for quite some time as part of their strategy. Manufacturers that are in business with countries like the Netherlands, the United Kingdom or Australia, have already embraced BIM to meet the demand for BIM content. Who wants to be part of big international projects, can’t stay behind. Furthermore, we see that these manufacturers are also investing time in educating MEP engineers on working with Revit and BIM, which helps the BIM adoption increase.

What can other countries learn from the Italians when it comes to BIM?

In Italy, quality is not just a word. In my experience, everything is done with passion and with eye for detail and quality. On the one hand, this can delay processes. On the other hand, it also ensures the quality that Italian products are known for across the world. Therefore Italians typically will take more time, evaluate potential issues and all options before making a decision. However, this also means that the results are likely to be impressive too. This becomes clear when looking at the remarkable BIM projects that have already been realized in Italy, such as the Brennero Tunnel, the Scala theater and the Citylife Building in Milano.

The pursuit of quality is also reflected in the interest in the Extended MEP Content Standard, which is matched to multiple international standards. When we talk to Italian manufacturers we hear that they are looking for a BIM standard that guarantees the quality of the content in Italy as well as on a more global scale.

We also get positive feedback from Italian engineers who use the BIM objects from MEPcontent, as they have experienced the quality of the content guaranteed from the EMCS.

Any final tips for starting with BIM?

Content is very important to the quality of your BIM project. So if you’re an engineer; make sure you work with high quality content. If you are a manufacturer, keep in mind that the BIM solution(s) you offer are primarily for the benefit of the engineer.

Also, it’s easy to find a software supplier able to create BIM models, but it’s more important to find an innovative, MEP specialized BIM partner who knows what manufacturers and engineers need; now and in the future.

ABB Control Units and Movement Detectors

ABB’s ClimaECO room automation solutions ensure that all functions in a room are operated as efficiently as possible to save operational costs and improve the space environment.

KNX ClimaEco Room temperature controller and FanCoil control element

The ClimaEco Room temperature controller and FanCoil control elements allow every kind of room to be individually and conveniently heated or cooled as needed.

KNX ClimaEco Room temperature controllers and Sensors

The ClimaEco Room temperature controllers and Sensors are available with integrated room temperature controller and CO2/humidity sensor and can be flush or surface-mounted. They control all room functions from HVAC to shading and lighting.

Air Quality Sensors

Air Quality Sensors with RTC measure the room temperature, CO2 concentration, and relative humidity. Dewpoint calculation and alarming are included.

Time Receiver GPS, SM

The sensor measures the brightness and outside temperature and sends them on the KNX bus. Likewise, the time, date, geographical coordinates, the sunrise and sunset times are sent to the KNX bus.

KNX Tacteo Sensors

The ABB-tacteo® KNX Sensor is an individually-configurable control element for intelligent building management of luxury hotels, public buildings and high-class residential buildings.

Download the ClimaECO series of control units and detectors from ABB now. Available as Revit families, CAD and IFC files.

System Pro E Comfort Consumer Unit from ABB

The ABB series of consumer units "System pro E comfort" is designed to reduce cabling times as well as allow the total integration of several kind of devices for DIN-rail and also devices to be installed on mounting plates or on blind front panels.

  • Protection class: II
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  • Rated current: from 63 A up to 125 A

Download Revit families for System pro E comfort from MEPcontent!

Ecoforest heat pumps: ecoGEO Basic, HP, Compact and Air Unit AU12

You can now download heat pumps from international manufacturer Ecoforest from MEPcontent. Visit here the Ecoforest content library.

ecoGEO Basic

Ecoforest domestic range of ground source heat pumps allows to reduce up to 80% of the energy consumption of a house, using a renewable source of energy that minimizes the CO2 emissions to the environment.

ecoGEO High Power

The Ecoforest HP heat pumps provide heating production with a performance (COP, B0/W35) of up to 4.6 and active cooling production with a performance (EER, B35/W7) of up to 5.2. Total control of the installation is granted through internet.

ecoGEO Compact

The ecoGEO Compact is a domestic ground source heat pump range with inverter technology and DHW cylinder incorporated. The ecoGEO controller allows the system to control passive cooling with external plumbing. The heat pump features an integrated stainless steel tank of 165 liters for domestic hot water production.

Air unit AU12

The AU12 is an aerothermal unit that allows ecoGEO heat pumps to use external air as source of energy. In installations where the geothermal option is limited or not available, the air unit AU12 is the solution. The AU12 is equipped with a very silent and highly efficient axial Ziehl-Abegg fan that allows to significantly increase the seasonal performance factor (SPF).

About Ecoforest

The Ecoforest group was born in Vigo in 1959 at the hands of its owner and founder Mr. Jose Carlos Alonso Martínez, specializing in the heating sector. In 1993, Ecoforest became the first European manufacturer of pellet hydro stoves, bringing to the market a new, ecological and economic product.

Currently, Ecoforest is the leading company in the market with the widest range of pellet stoves and boilers. In 2012 Ecoforest decided to bet in another innovative technology and launched its first geothermal heat pump to the market, being the only Spanish manufacturer of this product and the most specialized in inverter technology on the planet.

The R&D department of Ecoforest continues to innovate every day, in order to develop more advanced and more efficient products. Currently Ecoforest products can be found in more than 30 countries around the world.

ExcelAir joins MEPcontent

Emergency Lighting Fixtures, Sensor for Ventilation and Induction Ventilator

Manufacturer ExcelAir has joined the MEPcontent platform! The first ExcelAir content is published in the categories emergency lighting fixtures, CO sensors/gas sensors and induction ventilators.

About ExcelAir

ExcelAir offers complete solutions in the field of parking garage ventilation systems, gas detection / and fire detection systems; from advice to delivery and from installation to maintenance.

"In order to optimally serve customers in the transformation to 3D modeling, ExcelAir has chosen to work with MEPcontent" says Bert Bron, Director for ExcelAir.

"MEPcontent and Stabicad are number one when it comes to design software for electrical and mechanical installation technology in which standards are laid down. This collaboration has enabled ExcelAir to process its most common components as Revit families. The complete package of ExcelAir products can now be downloaded here as Revit families, CAD and IFC files, so that you always work with the most recent content. ExcelAir is proud to publish this content on the website."

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