Spotlight Report

Integrative Process: Pathways to Performance and Regeneration

The integrative process seems to be everywhere. But although it may seem ubiquitous, most experts agree that any perceived change in how buildings are designed and built is largely superficial—that teams are practicing coordination, not collaboration. 

Yet, done right, the integrative process holds great promise. Practitioners say it improves building performance while identifying cost savings, helping teams arrive at unique solutions and opportunities that would not otherwise be discovered. Many believe true sustainability, in the form of regenerative design and construction, cannot be achieved without these intense levels of collaboration. Proponents also point to other benefits, including shorter project timelines and something more intangible—a more humane, inclusive, and even joyful work climate.  

But the barriers to this method of working are immense. And the industry has yet to overcome them. 

In this spotlight report, we discuss how to implement the integrative process by recognizing and making corrections when it’s not happening, overcoming the significant barriers to culture change, and leveraging existing drivers of integration. We also explore how the integrative process has improved outcomes—both tangible and intangible—for real projects. 

Here is your opportunity to learn:

  • How to identify different “flavors” of the integrative process and explain how each can improve environmental, social, and economic outcomes
  • How building rating systems help teams set meaningful goals, encouraging an integrative process in the service of improved environmental and health performance
  • Seven telltale signs that a process is not integrative and three ways to remedy the problem
  • How an integrative process led to better environmental, social, and economic performance in four project types documented in case studies


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