Sustainable Design Leaders Explore Their Profession
Early in 2008 Elbaum and Reid approached BuildingGreen for help in identifying their peers at other leading firms and facilitating a gathering of these professionals. It sounded like an idea whose time had come, but it was still hard to believe it when, six months later, a group of 50 highly motivated people came together.
We will share summaries of the conversations when they’re available—look for an announcement via email in a future edition of the BuildingGreen Bulletin and a session at the May 2009 American Institute of Architects Convention. Meanwhile, here are a few highlights:
• Shifting away from the traditional phases of the design process—schematic design, design development, etc.—to a simple “percent of completion” structure as in AIA’s new Integrated Project Delivery scheme is helpful in getting attention on key decisions early in the process.
• Convincing reluctant clients to go green is unnecessary—many green strategies should be incorporated as a matter of course.
• We’re not alone! Participants found it reassuring and affirming to learn that others were struggling with many of the same challenges, such as finding the right consultants, getting building information models connected with energy simulations, and maintaining a team’s commitment to green strategies that were developed in early charrettes.
The group shared a strong interest in continuing to function as a network but without the burden of a formal organization. To that end, participants organized regionally and convened a leaders’ council to determine next steps.
Malin, N. (2008, August 28). Sustainable Design Leaders Explore Their Profession. Retrieved from https://www.buildinggreen.com/op-ed/sustainable-design-leaders-explore-their-profession