News Analysis

GSA Links High-Performance Outcomes to Integrated Design

Project teams appear to function better, and their buildings end up greener, under collaborative project delivery.

June 30, 2015

Experts have long advised that an integrated design process is needed to take us to the next level of green design, but so far there’s been sparse analysis tying it directly to better performance outcomes. The number of case studies available is still small, but three recent U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) buildings that were designed and delivered by integrated teams provide a rare opportunity to compare against GSA’s conventional projects with similar programmatic goals.

The comparison, authored by Renée Cheng of the University of Minnesota, shows that the integrated teams definitively delivered greener buildings.