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DesignShift™ Integrated Design Charrettes

The Integrated Design Charrettes from the EDR DesignShift™ team bring an interdisciplinary group of university students and professionals together with industry professionals to learn about integrated design and zero-net-energy building concepts.

DesignShift for Students is a two day interactive classroom session that exposes students to integrated design through sustainability, teaches them collaborative skills, and culminates in a mock project charrette in which design teams will have a finished design product to add to a portfolio. Key benefits of attendance include:

  • Experience collaborative design charette
  • Create integrated high-performance building solutions
  • Learn from professional sustainable design project managers
  • Produce a final design portfolio product

DesignShift for Professionals is a one day interactive workshop where professionals experience a repeatable collaborative design process that can be used immediately on their current projects.  Key benefits of attendance include:

  • Design for greater energy savings and a better return on investment
  • Improved team communication and participation
  • Learn about free downloadable performance analysis tools
  • Understand the role of a design charrette in achieving a higher performing building

 This charette will empower paritcipants to approach a design challenge from a variety of roles and perspective with trust and collaboration.  The experience will highlight the interplay between disciplines and offer opportunities to create true integrated high-performance building solutions.

DesignShift... as a PROCESS

The integrated design process requires multidisciplinary analysis and accountability to meet high performance and sustainable design objectives that are environmentally, socially, and financially responsible. This must include: integrated design charrettes, performance analysis tools (such as the ones listed on the right), benchmarking, and commissioning. This is best achieved through the use of integrated design focused contracts and an integrated project delivery process.

DesignShift ... as a RESULT

The resulting design reflects environmentally, socially, and financially responsible design, and includes fully integrated site development, architecture, and MEP systems to achieve high performance, sustainable, and optimized design. Integrated design solutions can be broken into three major categories: interactive solutions, multi functioning solutions, and cross discipline solutions. These solutions work in harmony or in conjunction with sustainable systems, strategies, and technologies.

With a comprehensive understanding and correct implementation of integrated design, a building team can offer advanced high-performance solutions through more efficient and creative methods.  In addition, integrated design offers a tremendous opportunity to design and construct better buildings, achieve capital and operational cost savings, and implement advanced design and construction strategies. The market transition to true integrated design requires evaluating a revised contractual structure, implementing more advanced early design discussions and decisions, and evaluating integrated solutions in detail to understand the cost implications.

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UCLA Dept. of Architecture & Urban Design

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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This resource provides domestic and international maps of renewable energy resources to help determine which energy technologies are viable.

PV Watts Solar Calculator

National Renewable Energy Lab

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The free online PVWatts® Solar Calculator estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, small building owners, installers and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential PV installations.


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories

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Radiance is a suite of programs for analyzing and visualizing lighting in design. Inputs values include scene geometry, materials, luminaires, time, date and sky conditions. Calculated values include spectral radiance, irradiance, and glare indices. Simulation results may be displayed as color images, numerical values and contour plots.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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OpenStudio is a cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) collection of software tools to support whole building energy modeling using EnergyPlus and advanced daylight analysis using Radiance.


Athena Sustainable Materials Institute

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The Athena EcoCalculator is a free software tool that uses life cycle analysis to provide a quick snapshot of a building's environmental footprint.

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