Sustainability in communities begins with holistic and integrated design, requiring coordination between architectural, structural, and mechanical designs early in the schematic design phase.
Implementing integration strategies within design can contribute to significant sustainability benefits. A well-insulated building with a few windows that face east and west will require less heating and cooling, therefore impacting the mechanical design by requiring fewer ducts and registers.
The eight elements of integrated design include:
Holistic and integrated design requires enhanced communication and coordination but offers substantial benefits throughout a building’s life cycle
The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute offers valuable technical resources in their Designer’s Notebook series for designers and engineers. Refer to their publication “Sustainability” to learn more.