In June of 2016, at the start of a new MassChallenge Accelerator program, 12 start-ups applied for the EYP Scholarship for Design Innovation. Our goal was to identify and support start-ups who inspire creativity and problem-solving through design. More
Academic science institutions today are experiencing tough competition for funding and faculty and student recruitment. Often, facility upgrades can help leverage success in these areas. Planning for the University of New Mexico's new Physics and Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science Building (PAIS) is underway, and the Laboratory Design Newsletter recently featured the collaborative effort as part of the University's focus on the future of science and new faculty recruitment.
Savings potential for new buildings increases when energy analysis is used early in the design process. In The value of energy analysis from design day one, featured in The New England Real Estate Journal, we show how our real-time energy modeling approach can increase energy savings for new buildings by 15%.
Research demonstrates that integrating healthy practices into the workplace can help foster engagement, improve employee performance, and increase the bottom line. In The Globe and Mail article, “Have a Healthy New Year,” Leigh Stringer explores 10 healthy workplace strategies that companies can incorporate to maximize success.
Building energy use is the primary contributor to greenhouse gas emissions for colleges and universities. Benchmarking and monitoring allows institutions to identify which buildings have the greatest savings opportunities, and what technologies and changes are appropriate for those buildings. In our work with colleges and universities, we’ve identified campus wide savings potential between 18% and 56% of their current cost and carbon impacts. We have help our clients achieve these savings with proven cost effective technologies and maintain this savings over time. We have also helped our clients understand their energy use and performance and avoid costly and unnecessary audits and studies by simply tracking and comparing energy and emissions use. More
Integrated Project Delivery is a highly collaborative team-based delivery model built on two important and related concepts – trust, and identity. While trust is the more obvious issue, I would argue that identity is a sleeper and one where many teams who struggle with IPD falter. It is useful to have a discussion at the outset of the project that everyone needs to check their previous identities ‘at the door,’ and adopt a new shared identity where designers think like owners, contractors think like designers, and owners think like subcontractors. It is through this new, shared identity that true collaboration emerges. More
Energy Modeling, like sketching, should be used throughout the design process to inform and shape the design. Just like a sketch can allow you to explore some detail without knowing all the other details, an energy model can let you see the impacts of different design choices. This allows promising ideas with strong potential energy savings to be incorporated early, but just as importantly, it allows ideas that have less savings potential to be considered, and abandoned early, letting the team focus on the ideas that will have the greatest cumulative savings, an attractive return on investment, or whatever other goal they are pursuing for the project. The true value of this approach is—when used early during design—we are able to find the optimal combination of strategies in real-time, during design meetings. More
If we are to advance a sustainable future, buildings must become more proactive organisms than reactive machines. Responding to ever-expanding performance criteria that are neither constant nor predictable will require disruptive design innovation. More