Deep Dive on Integrative Process with Marcus Sheffer Video, 68 minutes

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Get out your wetsuit and oxygen tank because you’re about to dive really deep into the integrative design process. Your guide: Marcus Sheffer, one of the foremost experts on the topic (he also happens to have helped write the LEED v4 Integrative Process credit language).

Your tour starts with the why—the credit intent—then gradually proceeds into the far reaches of how to meet that intent and document your success in both LEED v4 and v4.1.

Using case studies of a public works facility and the Phipps Conservatory, Marcus will lead you through the complex reefs of early energy modeling and holistic water analysis—the heart of the v4 version of the credit. You’ll also get a look at new opportunities under v4.1.

Learning objectives:

1. Define “integrative process,” understand its role in LEED BD+C v4 and v4.1, and leverage its power to promote advanced sustainability goals.

2. Comprehend the value of iterative early energy modeling for helping meet the Integrative Process credit intent under LEED BD+C v4 and v4.1, and for improving project sustainability.

3. Comprehend the value of early, holistic water analysis for helping meet the Integrative Process credit intent under LEED BD+C v4 and v4.1, and for improving project sustainability.

4. Submit proper documentation for the Integrative Process credit in LEED BD+C v4 and v4.1.


Marcus Sheffer promotes the application of a living systems, regenerative approach to building projects. After 12 years at the Pennsylvania Energy Office, he founded Energy Opportunities in 1993 to provide technical consulting services on all manner of building energy issues, renewable energy systems, the environmental impacts of human enterprises.

Marcus is also a partner in 7group, a multi-disciplinary team of professionals developing the capacity of your project and organization to affect how humans regenerate life through building. Marcus is a LEED Fellow, an accredited LEED Project Reviewer, and a Living Future Accredited Professional.

Volunteer activities have included leadership positions with the USGBC (LEED Steering Committee, LEED Technical Committee, LEED Market Advisory Committee and past Chair of the Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group), the Green Building Association of Central PA (Founding Board Chair) and the International Living Future Institute as a Living Building Challenge Ambassador.

He co-authored The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009 and was the primary author of The Pennsylvania Solar Manual published by the PA Department of Environmental Protection in 2006. Sheffer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies in 1981 and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration in 1986, both from Shippensburg University.