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A Closer Look Eco-charettes, formerly called ‘Integrated Design Workshops’, aim to foster the opportunity for the design team to thoroughly brainstorm energy-performance options with various experts and stakeholders before constructing the building. The eco-charette conducted during the design of the Li Ka-Shing Center at UC Berkeley was supported by the Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), in addition to the project design team. As a result, an exhaustive matrix of more than 50 energy-efficiency options were developed. The input of the participants along with the employment of LBNL’s ‘Labs21’ ratings system helped to reinforce and guide decisions toward higher energy performance in the building. Such a collaborative effort is most effective when all the players are invited to participate from the very beginning of the building process. For more information, see:

FURTHER READING LITERATURE Barlow, Stuart. ‘Guide to BREEAM’. RIBA Publishing, 2011 Chen, Hua and Lee, W.L., ‘Energy assessment of office buildings in China using LEED 2.2 and BEAM Plus 1.1’. Energy & Buildings, Vol.63, pp.129-137, 2013 Kibert, Charles J., ‘Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery’. 2 edition John Wiley & Sons.


LINKS Pelsmakers, Sofie. The ‘Environmental Design Pocketbook’. RIBA Publishing, 2012 ‘Material Choice for Green Buildings’. A joint report by Arup and WBCSD.

World Green Building Council Sustainia. ‘Sustainia Sector Guide Buildings: Exploring the sustainable buildings of tomorrow’. 2012

Mumovic, Dejan and Santamouris, Mat, eds. A ‘Handbook of Sustainable Building Design and Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Energy, Health and Operational Performance’. Earthscan, 2009


‘University of Oxford Sustainable Buildings Philosophy’ AECOM Ltd. uk/media/global/ wwwadminoxacuk/ localsites/ estatesdirectorate/ documents/ capitalprojectsforms/ Supplementary_ Documentation_v3.pdf

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