A Better Approach to Design/Build
How integrating design and construction made a really, really complicated home doable
In this article, environmental and energy-design specialist Ann Edminster recounts her experience as a consultant initially hired to brief the project team for a new house on the LEED for Homes program. After hearing Edminster’s presentation, the future homeowners decided they wanted their home to be a model of sustainability. The problem, as Edminster pointed out, was that the members of the project team had been chosen for their design expertise rather than their expertise in green building. Edminster recommended an approach to the project known as integrated project delivery (IPD), which intertwines the design and construction phases. The new process began with a two-day workshop in which the entire team gathered to develop concrete performance goals and set the course for the remainder of the project. Throughout the rest of the article, Edminster weaves into her account of the building of this particular house advice for anyone wanting to use the IPD approach. The article also includes three sidebars: (1) a list of the ambitious goals set at the workshop, (2) a review of the cloud-based software applications that facilitate the extensive collaboration that’s part of the IPD approach, and (3) a graphical representation of traditional project delivery vs. IPD.