Integrated design

Pondering the Sorry State of Green Building

Posted on March 01,2015 by CarlSeville in charette

After several months off from my blog, I am finally inspired to start writing again. I clearly don’t have the stamina of Allison Bailes of Energy Vanguard, who seems to put up a blog post about every 10 minutes, but I do need to get back on track so I don’t fade into obscurity (if I haven’t already).

High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 5

Posted on March 01,2015 by AnnEdminster in Integrated design

In the prior installment in this blog series, I proposed a rationale for the adoption of integrated project delivery (IPD) and promised to follow with suggestions regarding its implementation, along with some resources.

High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 4

Posted on March 01,2015 by AnnEdminster in design

In days of yore, buildings were designed and built by master builders. These were people who spent their whole lives learning about buildings by creating them – from idea to reality – working side by side with others, many of whom who had more experience than they did. That’s how they eventually achieved mastery. Practice, repetition, and observation of everything to do with the building’s creation.

Integrative Design: Planning Early Reduces Risk Later

Posted on March 01,2015 by Amy Hook in affordable housing

Hello, Green NSP World. I saw this post on the larger Enterprise Community Partners blog by Ray Demers @the horizon and thought you would enjoy it! - Amy Charrettes as a simpler fix

Simplicity versus Complexity

Posted on March 01,2015 by user-756436 in Complexity

Designers of energy-efficient homes — especially homes aiming for net-zero energy use — must inevitably grapple with the question of simplicity versus complexity. Residential designers can choose from an array of sophisticated appliances that improve comfort and help homeowners reduce energy use. Examples include heat-recovery ventilators (HRVs), condensing boilers, ground-source heat pumps, solar hot water systems, on-demand water heaters, heat-pump water heaters, photovoltaic modules, and co-generation systems.

The First … Charrette?

Posted on March 01,2015 by AnnEdminster in charrette

Okay, so you’ve put your stellar team together, and everyone’s agreed about how the integrated design process is going to unfold. It may be new to them, but they’re game. Now you’re going to hold a charrette to kick off the process. What happens there? First of all, what’s a "charrette" anyway?

Ready, Set, Go!

Posted on March 01,2015 by AnnEdminster in charette

When I was a kid, every race started with those three words. What do they mean, anyway? They mean that some things need to happen before a process really takes off. An integrated design process is no exception.

Pensive About Process

Posted on March 01,2015 by AnnEdminster in charette

In the green-building community, we talk a lot about how essential an integrated design process is to achieving a really green project. I’ve been thinking about that more and more over the last two years, ever since after I retired from chairing the USGBC’s LEED for Homes development effort.

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