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  • Integrative Design Process

    Integrative thinking looks for synergies among strategies - strategies that enhance one another. It also looks for strategies that, taken together, ...
  • Water Efficiency

    Buildings are significant users of the Earth’s freshwater supply. The goal of a responsible building operator should be to encourage a sma...

  • Sustainable Sites

    Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important to ensure a project’s sustainability. Environmentally r...

  • The Workplace Environment as a Catalyst for Social Change

    We know workplace design can influence functional behaviors, but can it be a catalyst for social change? Can organizations use the environment to...

Design Charrette

At the beginning of a project, all the important team members should meet together at a Design Charrette. The Charrette includes all the stakeholders in the project (building manager, architect, contractor, developer, engineers, etc.) to set goals, create a timeline, and get acquainted with the team. Design Charrettes are an important feature of Integrated Project Design. They provide the opportunity to unify the team and avoid conflicts of interest by gathering the input from all participants and working towards a common goal. They can also establish a timeline, to facilitate the on-time work and completion of a project.

Whole Building Systems

Materials

  • Interior Light Shelves

    Interior light shelves direct daylight deep into a space by bouncing natural light from the light-colored shelves up to the ceiling, where it is r...