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Integrated Process Can Make Decarbonization Easier

Gaining momentum, the benefits of the design-build project method save money and time, and allows for more innovation and fosters collaboration.

According to the United States Green Building Council, when an owner only has one contract with a single point of responsibility through use of the design-build method, it can be easier to align ESG goals and project performance. Having the designer, consultants and contractor working together from the onset of a project provides consistent and aligned total building optimizations and decarbonization recommendations that are within the project budget and schedule.

For example, emphasizing sustainable design strategies and building performance in conceptual design leads to greater reductions in carbon emissions. Early energy modeling helps determine building massing, orientation, window-wall ratios, envelope performance, shading devices and potential for on-site renewable energy generation.

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