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Integrated Design

Integrated Design is a process that purposefully brings together the work of various design and engineering disciplines to produce buildings that cost less to operate; are easier to maintain; and are more attractive, marketable, and comfortable than buildings designed through the more traditional, compartmentalized approach. The benefits of integrated energy design can often be achieved with little or no increase in first costs.


  • e-News #93: Improving Title 24 Compliance - CBECC-Com
    June 10, 2014
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    e-News #93: CBECC-Com

    CBECC-Com, or California Building Energy Code Compliance for Commercial Buildings is the open-source energy modeling program that allows architects, engineers, and energy consultants to demonstrate compliance with California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Standards) that go into effect on July 1, 2014.

    The first certified version of the software was released in September 2013, with ongoing development and new features added...

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  • e-News #92: Evolution of LEED v4
    March 14, 2014
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    e-News #92: LEED v4

    LEED v4 places increased emphasis on building performance. The U.S. Green Building Council has unveiled the latest version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Rating System.

    LEED v4 sets the bar higher for manufacturers of building materials, encouraging them to reduce environmental impacts and health hazards associated with material ingredients. Rating systems have been adapted for twenty-one additional market sectors that formerly faced barriers to LEED certification, including data centers, warehouses & distribution centers, and hospitality. LEED v4 introduces several new concepts, including IDP, BUG, LCA, EPD, and HPD. If these acronyms are not in your LEED lexicon...

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  • e-News #91: Title 24 2013 Update
    November 23, 2013
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    e-News #91: Title 24 2013

    The 2013 Title 24 Standards have undergone a number of changes to improve the energy performance of new and existing buildings. In addition to increased stringency, the Standards have increased in scope to include requirements for covered processes -- data centers, laboratories, kitchen exhaust systems, parking garages -- and they have increased in extent to include commissioning requirements and
    additional acceptance test requirements for systems and components. A few of the many key changes to the 2013 Standards follow.

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  • Fact Sheet: Nonresidential Daylighting and Daylighting Controls
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Fact Sheet: Nonresidential Lighting Controls for Credit
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • e-News #90: Fuel Cells
    October 29, 2013
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    e-News #90: Fuel Cells

    Fuel Cells Fuel Alternative Energy Options. A fuel cell is a device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel – most commonly hydrogen – into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen or another oxidizing agent. Although many might think of fuel cells as batteries, they are not. Fuel cells require a constant source of fuel and oxygen to operate, and they can produce electricity for as long as fuel and oxygen are provided.

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  • Design Brief: Demand Response
    June 17, 2013
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    Design Brief: Demand Response

    Demand response (DR) is an energy management strategy that allows electricity consumers to receive financial compensation for temporarily reducing or rescheduling power use upon request. DR creates opportunities for building owners and managers to realize financial, operational, and environmental benefits by changing energy use patterns in response to market signals.

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  • e-News #89: Shining Some Light on Photovoltaics
    February 6, 2013
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    e-News #89: Photovoltaics

    Photovoltaic (PV) modules are among the most iconic of all building components. They make a visual statement of environmental consciousness and can substantially offset a building's use of finite resources, all while saving money on monthly utility bills. You may have seen PV systems appearing on roofs in your neighborhood or heard about how much PV prices have dropped. Is it time to consider PV for your own home or business? What's happening with solar technology and is now the right time to invest in PV?

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  • Office of the Future
    October 15, 2012
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    The Office of the Future

    The 'Office of the Future' video presents case studies of two exemplary pilot projects in existing buildings that are yielding measured energy savings of over 50% and 66% respectively.

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  • Designing Green - A Collaborative Approach
    July 20, 2012
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    Designing Green

    Creating energy efficient high performance buildings is a symphonic process. This Emmy and Telly award winning movie explores the integrated design strategy used to plan, build and commission Santa Barbara's strikingly innovative Casa Nueva new office project.

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  • Design Guidelines: Advanced Simulation Guidebook, Volume II
    February 24, 2010
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    Design Guidelines: Advanced Simulation Guidebook, Volume II

    This second volume of the Advanced Simulation Guidebook series is intended to teach readers about the high performance building process for commercial new construction. The goal of the high performance building process is to create buildings that meet owner and occupant needs in terms of energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and other sustainability areas-and do so in a way that reduces the necessary design effort and construction cost impact.

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  • e-News #69: Chilled Beams
    February 2, 2010
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    e-News #69: Chilled Beams

    Chilled beams are among the recent energy-saving innovations making their way to the U.S. market. Chilled beam technology, which involves locating a low-temperature radiator at ceiling level to cool the rising warm air, has been utilized in Europe and Australia for more than a decade. Once cooled, the air slowly descends into the occupied zone, providing adequate cooling with minimal air movement and fan power, while providing an unobstructed radiant heat sink above the occupied zone.

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  • Case Studies: An Energy Efficient Multifamily Development
    September 21, 2009
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    Historically, multifamily residential housing developments had few incentives or disincentives to incorporate high efficiency design features and appliances into their projects.

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  • Design Brief: High-Performance New Homes
    June 12, 2009
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    Interest is growing throughout California and the United States in new homes designed to provide comfortable living environments with lower energy consumption and operating costs.

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  • e-News #64: Massive Buildings Yield Passive Savings
    April 21, 2009
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    e-News #64: Massive Buildings Yield Passive Savings

    Incorporating thermal mass into the design of a building is a completely passive way of reducing annual heating and cooling energy use and shifting the summer peak demand to later in the day. In architectural terms, thermal mass refers to the incorporation of solid or liquid materials into the building design to absorb heat or cold and then release it later to moderate building temperature swings.

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Performance by Design

Rocky Mountain Institute

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High Performance by Integrative Design follows the first installment in the High Performance Building Series to provide an in-depth look at how the integrative design process happens. The film includes examples of how design teams collaborate in new ways to integrate high-performance design elements, such as daylighting, energy efficiency and renewable energy, for optimal performance.

Roadmap For The Integrated Design Process

BC Green Building Roundtable

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The Roadmap is divided into two distinct parts:

Part One: Summary Guide; and Part Two: Reference Manual, catering to both the novice and advanced IDP practitioner.

Part One can easily be read in one sitting to gain an overview and consulted thereafter as a quick reference. Part Two can be consulted periodically as a more comprehensive reference manual.

Whole Building Design Guide - Approach

National Institute of Building Sciences

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The Whole Building Design Guide provides government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of building-related guidance, criteria and technology from a 'whole buildings' perspective. Currently organized into three major categories—Design Guidance, Project Management and Operations & Maintenance—at the heart of the WBDG are Resource Pages, reductive summaries on particular topics.

Integrated Design Process Guide

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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The intent of this guide is to explain the numerous advantages of
the Integrated Design Process (IDP); to provide enough information
to start applying it to your design projects; and, to help you find
additional useful sources of IDP tools and information.
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