from the EDR DesignShift™ team bring an
interdisciplinary group of university students together with
industry professionals to learn about integrated design and
zero-net-energy building concepts.
The mission of DesignShift is to advance market transformation
by exposing students to integrated design and equipping them with
skills to apply in their future professional roles.
The integrated design process requires multidisciplinary
analysis and accountability to meet high performance and
sustainable design objectives that are environmentally, socially,
and financially responsible. This must include: integrated design
charrettes, performance analysis tools (such as the ones listed on
the right), benchmarking, and commissioning. This is best achieved
through the use of integrated design focused contracts and an
integrated project delivery process.
The resulting design reflects environmentally, socially, and
financially responsible design, and includes fully integrated site
development, architecture, and MEP systems to achieve high
performance, sustainable, and optimized design. Integrated design
solutions can be broken into three major categories: interactive
solutions, multi functioning solutions, and cross discipline
solutions. These solutions work in harmony or in conjunction with
sustainable systems, strategies, and technologies.
With a comprehensive understanding and correct implementation of
integrated design, a building team can offer advanced
high-performance solutions through more efficient and creative
methods. In addition, integrated design offers a tremendous
opportunity to design and construct better buildings, achieve
capital and operational cost savings, and implement advanced design
and construction strategies. The market transition to true
integrated design requires evaluating a revised contractual
structure, implementing more advanced early design discussions and
decisions, and evaluating integrated solutions in detail to
understand the cost implications.