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When clients express vague goals like wanting their new building to be “green” or “healthy,” the team is often left with little idea of what they actually mean.
The stories and tools discussed here will help you:
engage the client to tease out more specific goals
provide educational materials to help clients make decisions
As an exercise, HOK designed a market rate, net-zero-carbon office building in St. Louis. They calculated a payback period for added green features of 12 years.
This book from 7Group and Bill Reed focuses on reworking the design process to feed all of the interconnected needs of green buildings.
Life-cycle assessments (LCAs) score products or design options across a series of environmental impact categories. To compare two products with different impact profiles, it becomes necessary to weight those categories, a difficult process.
"Cost of Green Revisited" finds that how green goals are achieved has more of an impact on building cost than the eventual level of performance.
BuildingGreen and the U.S. Green Building Council have published The New Orleans Principles, a collection of ten key principles to guide the planning and reconstruction of the city.