A one-stop shop for roof system specification

Benefits of BIM Factory
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Knauf Insulation’s new BIM factory is helping to reduce the risks associated with flat-roof specification.

Specifiers can face major headaches putting together the products they need to create flat-roof building systems with just one simple mistake potentially causing a major project risk.

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And there is a lot of room for error.

To create these systems, specifiers have to compare the thermal, acoustic and fire performance of different products, assess their environmental impact and understand how all these elements fit together in the most effective way.

They need to compare different brands, work out the best possible combinations and perhaps check FM Approvals criteria for how the system needs to perform in case of fire or high winds.

To achieve this involves the time-consuming process of downloading and comparing dozens of files and documents to assess a component’s functionality, performance and environmental impact.

Fortunately, there is now a one-stop shortcut solution to avoid all these issues — Knauf Insulation’s BIM factory.


The web-based application enables specifiers to anticipate any potential project risks and avoid costly miscalculations by providing all the data they need to create flat-roof building systems in simple, data rich Building Information Modelling (BIM) formats.

Knauf Insulation’s Global Head of Market Management, Magdalena Pyszkowski, says: “At the swipe of a screen or the click of a mouse our BIM Factory site allows specifiers to compare the performance of different products from different manufacturers — a unique feature of the digital platform — and access all the information they require to combine these products to create the flat-roof system they need.

“This system specification is then sent to their in-box in one easy-to-understand document featuring the information in the three most common BIM formats — Revit, ArchiCAD and IFC.”

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So, how does the process work? 

On the website, simple drop-down menus enable specifiers to input the type of deck they require, the country where the project is based and compare different layers of roof component.

They can then assess the fire, thermal and acoustic performance of different systems created from different products, from different manufacturers.

The application enables endless customisation and once a specifier is satisfied with his or her combination, the results in the three common BIM formats can be sent to their email.


“BIM is revolutionising the construction industry by enabling specifiers and architects to digitally envisage their projects before a single brick is laid.” says Magdalena.

“More importantly, BIM allows specifiers and other people in a team to work collaboratively on a project together in the same online space to understand the performance of individual building aspects and iron out potential problems in the digital world rather than the real world.”

Magdalena says that the construction industry is facing major problems in terms of coordination between different participants on medium-sized and large building projects which is leading to challenges of time, cost and quality.

At the heart of these problems, she says, is a lack of common, inter-operable, global standards for classification, identification and property definitions which adds up to poor quality data for products and materials leading to construction challenges.

Magdalena Pyszkowski
"BIM is revolutionising the construction industry by enabling specifiers and architects to digitally envisage their projects before a single brick is laid."
Magdalena Pyszkowski, Global Head of Market Management


“For the construction industry to increase its level of efficiency it has to improve its processes and supply chains,” says Magdalena. 

“Moving towards the digitalisation of these activities and processes is the first important step towards creating the inter-operability and mutual level of transparency required by new BIM standards and upcoming regulations for public procurement.”

Magdalena also highlights the importance of digitalisation to sharpen companies’ competitive edge.

“Construction trends clearly demonstrate that organisations with a strategic focus on modern technologies such as BIM are making better and faster decisions than their competitors, which is delivering to their revenues and profits.

“It is essential that everyone in the building supply chain takes a systematic and data-driven approach to product specification to accelerate this process.

“At Knauf Insulation we working to increase awareness of the advantages of digitalisation as well as introduce the tools and accessibility that specifiers need to maximise its potential.

“Our BIM Factory one-stop application for roof systems, and in the future for other applications (such as ventilated facades and prefabricated components), is an important step forward in this process and I hope specifiers make the most of the advantages it gives them.”

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