Integrated Design Process (IDP)
As part of our IDP implementation procedures, we put into practice the following key elements:
- Create client awareness and goal setting (green vision, project goals & green design criteria), resource management and performance goals.
- Early introduction of all team members to the IDP and having them responsible for establishing performance goals at a building’s concept stage.
- Ensuring teams are multi-disciplinary and include a design facilitator who can make certain that guidelines, regulations and policies regarding Sustainable Design are satisfactorily met. Furthermore, provide supporting information and tools such as LEED standards, EPA resources, the Clien’s studies to aid in the planning process and any other helpful information.
- Having team members share knowledge and test ideas together, thereby developing greater understanding of the task.
- Having teams conduct all aspects of design in a methodical manner to gain insights into sustainable building practices.
- Advance building performance from design concept to operation issues by building on each other’s unique perspectives and expertise.
Sustainable Design is not just about applying good design practices and good business principles. We also address IDP through the following:
- Planning process encompassing site selection and planning, budget planning, capital planning, and program planning.
- Reducing operating and energy expenditure by employing energy efficient design thus, increasing savings in energy consumption. We achieve this by the use of energy efficient fixtures, effective use of insulating materials, on-site energy generation and use of energy modeling to optimize cooling systems.
- Promoting water efficiency by specifying water efficient fixtures, low flow, waterless urinals, dual flush toilets use of rainwater for irrigation purposes.
- Waste management strategies: waste prevention, recycling construction and demolition materials. WAste management begins at the earliest stages of design by way of material selection, which include durability, future material recovery, adaptive reuse, conservative disassembly and reusing salvaged materials. As part of our Recovered Material and Waste Reduction program, we have begun to implement a “Construction and Demolition Debris Management Plan” which addresses the intention and strategies mentioned above.
- Indoor Environment Quality: Use of low-emitting materials (adhesives, sealants, paints, carpets, composite wood products), maximized percent of daylight spaces, maximized ventilation performance, management of indoor air quality during construction, monitoring of CO2 and design controllability of systems.