APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
LEED is the building industry's dominant driver for energy-efficiency and sustainability. iLiv seeks to leverage LEED's popularity by introducing IDPs within All-In to a broad base of LEED/green building professionals, with seamless plug-ins to advanced energy simulation tools. The central aim of these tools is to dramatically improve energy- and water-efficiency, carbon emissions, occupant well-being and productivity.
iLiv, for this commitment, will pilot use of All-In (fee-free) with ten teams of upper-division or graduate students in architecture, engineering, urban planning, and landscape architecture during Semester 1. Integrated design experts will guide participants via web-based meetings, which will be recorded as podcasts for later phases (Semester 2, 20 teams; Semester 3, 40; etc.).
After Semester 1, iLiv will survey the student teams to determine the effectiveness of the tools, and then refine the tools in response to survey findings.
The final phase will focus on dissemination. iLiv-AVE will conduct outreach via the international green building community - conferences, listservs, websites of iLiv-AVE partner organizations - as well as via the students, their schools, and social media. iLiv-AVE hopes that CGIU will be an active outreach partner, collaborating in identifying pilot participants.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
1. (April 2011, at CGI U) Launch project: begin recruiting students to participate in pilot.
2. (July 2011) Adapt All-In IDP for student use.
3. (Fall 2011) Student pilot: deliver and record web-based meetings providing guidance to students on use of All-In, IDP, and energy tools.
3a. (Fall 2011) Develop integral feedback mechanism for All-In platform.
4. (Winter 2011-12) Pilot evaluation: user survey.
5. (Spring 2012) Refine: incorporate survey findings into tools.
6. (Spring-Fall 2012) Outreach: disseminate podcasts and library of student-customized IDP processes.
7. (Ongoing/quarterly) Monitoring & evaluation: record participation statistics, compile and report on input from feedback mechanism.
Leaders in the green building community agree that high-performance projects result only when an integrated (or integrative) delivery approach is used - engaging all members of the team from early in the design process to develop synergistic solutions that optimize the project's energy and environmental performance. If carbon reductions sufficient to avert catastrophic climate change are to be achieved by these high-performance projects, sophisticated energy modeling must be integral to the design approach. Yet few practicing design professionals have participated in an integrated process, few institutions of higher education teach integrative approaches, and widely-used energy models are severely flawed. Thus the industry lacks many of the ingredients necessary to propel the practice of design and construction forward at a pace adequate to meet the challenges of imminent climate change.
iLiv All-In is a web-based integrative collaboration platform that guides and drives green and regenerative building design and use, for everyone who touches a building during its entire life cycle, with the ultimate goal of increasing health and productivity and reducing resource use and carbon emissions. The iLiv-Design AVEnues team, with collaborators Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Regenesis, has unparalleled expertise in green building, energy analysis, and integrative design approaches, and has demonstrated leadership in developing tools to support complex, multi-stakeholder green building processes. All-In is presently used by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI, a companion organization to the U.S. Green Building Council) to process all LEED certifications - currently more than 12,000.
iLiv-AVE will use its resources, expertise, and access to the green building community to develop and disseminate an integrated design process on the All-In platform that will equip university students with the integrative skills necessary for producing low-carbon buildings, communities, and infrastructure. This approach will leverage both the networking capability of the international green building community and the power of social media exercised by university students, in service of rapid adoption of an approach that is critical to achieving climate-neutral (or better) development projects.
Seeking Partnerships: Financial Resources, Implementing Partners, Media/Marketing Opportunities, Other.
iLiv-AVE seeks funders to support development of the LEED-user-oriented process and seeks partners that are potential All-In/IDP implementers. iLiv-AVE also welcomes partners that can assist in raising awareness about iLiv Free University, during and post-pilot. Finally, iLiv-AVE seeks technology partners to provide server capacity to support growth due to student participation, and to provide web meeting and recording facilities.
Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities.
iLiv-AVE welcomes involvement by partners that are implementing green building projects, to assist in refining IDPs based on their teams' collaboration requirements. iLiv-AVE offers its partners access to best practice information regarding IDP methods, productivity tools, and advanced energy simulation. iLiv will acknowledge partners on its website and in outreach efforts.