Design Brief: Integrated Building Design

June 11, 2006
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Table of ContentsUsing the integrated energy design approach, designers can cost-effectively lower building operating costs while improving workers' comfort and boosting productivity.

The integrated energy design process helps building owners and designers to economically reduce building operating expenses, while improving comfort and productivity for the building's occupants. Some buildings designed following this process consume less than half the energy of conventionally designed buildings.

As described in this publication, integrated energy design requires practitioners to follow a six-step process:

  • Make a commitment to the integrated design process - and back up that commitment by giving the project team the time and resources needed to see the process through.
  • Identify integrated design strategies that will reduce lifetime costs while also improving occupant comfort.
  • Conduct a whole-system analysis that treats the building as a complete system, taking into account interactions among all of the building's systems.
  • Base design decisions on lifecycle economics, emphasizing the full lifetime value of proposed building improvements.
  • Follow through, so that the integrity of planned improvements is maintained throughout the construction process.
  • Check your work - by verifying that the building lives up to expectations once the project is completed.
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