Integrated designing needed

Construction projects can be completed in shorter times and for lower costs by using an integrated design approach according to two industry specialists.

Construction projects can be completed in shorter times and for lower costs by using an integrated design approach according to two industry specialists.

"In the conventional [design] process, team disciplines are floating around working on their own systems and don't really meet again until the end of the schematic design at the best, at which point we put a cost on the project," stated John Boeker, head of the USA Green Building Council curriculum department. "Since they've all designed separately it costs to much, so we engage in value engineering...and make the building cheaper in any way that we can. With integrated design there is a need to redistribute time and costs at the design stage," he added.

Speaking at a technical review workshop hosted by the Emirates Green Building Council in Dubai, Boecker added that if those involved in the procurement worked together on projects from the start, the overall time could also be cut as the construction process would be more efficient and the long-term operational costs of a building could be reduced. "Before anybody picks up a pencil or hits a button on a CAD drawing all those professionals should meet," he stressed. "This approach may increase the length of the concept design stage in order for the extra analysis to be done, but it will reduce the schematic and design development stages and cut construction time in half."

An integrated design will also reduce the long-term running costs of a building added Dr Tom Lawrence, vice-chair of ASHRAE technical committee 2.8: "An integrated design process is the only thing that can get a truly green project. Savings are being ignored."

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