Learning Lab

Measuring Our Way Towards Zero

Measuring Our Way Towards Zero

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Mike Williams
Technical Director | Principal
+1.519.823.1311 x2980
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October 31, 2017
12:00 PM, San Francisco (GMT-7)
60 min


We believe there is an opportunity to drastically enhance how buildings are designed by harvesting the information contained within completed projects and converting it into decision making intelligence. With this opportunity in mind, we have developed our Compass: Building Design Analysis Tool. Compass is an intuitive, fully customizable, web-based tool that allows architects, contractors or engineers to track, compare and analyze their portfolio of completed designs. 

Our clients are using Compass to: 

  • Drive evidence based design at their firms.
  • Create credible, information rich marketing material for proposals, pursuits and interviews. 

Case Study: Recently we worked with an architecture firm to answer the questions: what is the energy use intensity of their completed projects, do they comply with the 2030 challenge, and what are the key architectural design parameters that impact energy performance. To answer these questions we harvested information from all of their completed energy models, aggregated that information into intelligence and made it accessible to all designers within their office through a custom, web-based Compass tool. They are currently using Compass in interviews and proposals to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of their completed work to prospective clients and to drive better design decision making within their practice. The above case study is one example of how we can use information to answer questions and progress towards better design; however, the opportunities are endless. Other questions we are exploring with clients include: What is the average cost per sq. ft. of LEED projects compared to non-LEED projects?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about what energy use intensity is?
  2. What does Architecture 2030 use as a baseline?
  3. What is difference between Architecture 2030 compliance and energy performance targets in LEED?
  4. How can data be used to inform design?

Affiliated Associations

  • AIA