INTEGRATED DESIGN IMPROVES THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS.
The conventional definition of integrated design is that project team members from all disciplines work together early and often throughout the project design process. The enhanced definition presented here includes what goes on when the design team gets together - the synthesis of climate, use, building design and systems.
BEYOND CURRENT BEST PRACTICES.
Integrated design aims to improve on current best practices by creating a more comfortable, productive environment in a building that outperforms other energy efficient ones in its class.
While the interrelationship of key players involved is crucial, our use of the term is tailored to address optimizing the energy performance of the building. By asking questions about the interactions between climate, use, loads and systems, the design team can find synergies necessary to achieve high levels of efficiency.