Designing and constructing green buildings that meet ambitious performance goals can be a challenging endeavor for project teams. LEED certified buildings and revolutionary projects such as the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a Living Building, require a special approach by the team of professionals conceiving of and implementing the project. Conventional processes do not facilitate the type of interdisciplinary collaboration and stakeholder engagement that is necessary to address all of the economic, social, and environmental aspects of a truly green and sustainable placemaking project. For these projects success is measured according to what is known as the Triple Bottom Line.
An Integrated Design Process provides a framework for collective visioning and goal setting, with continued engagement among stakeholders and design and construction team members. This green building infographic explains why integrated thinking is important, how an Integrated Design Process differs from a conventional design and construction process, how it works, and tools for effectively managing a project through integrated design.