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Friday, 31 May 2013

Integrative Design...the future of Construction?

Amory Bloch Lovinsis an American physicist, environmental scientist, writer, and Chairman/Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute. He has worked in the field of energy policy and related areas for four decades. He was named by Time magazine one of the World's 100 most influential people in 2009.
Lovins worked professionally as an environmentalist in the 1970s and since then as an analyst of a "soft energy path" for the United States and other nations. He has promoted energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy sources, and the generation of energy at or near the site where the energy is actually used. Lovins has also advocated a "negawatt revolution" arguing that utility customers don’t want kilowatt-hours of electricity; they want energy services. In the 1990s, his work with Rocky Mountain Institute included the design of an ultra-efficient automobile, the Hypercar.
Lovins has received ten honorary doctorates and won many awards. He has provided expert testimony in eight countries, briefed 19 heads of state, and published 29 books. These books include Reinventing Fire, Winning the Oil Endgame, Small is Profitable, Brittle Power, and Natural Capitalism.
In this interesting video, Lovins talks about integrative design.
Integrative Design is a decision making process that seeks to marry optimum strategies together in a synergistic, holistic and integrated way for excellence in outcome.
Typically, this approach seeks to create whole systems that meet environmental and social goals, while remaining within budgetary and time constraints. Its hallmark is a multidisciplinary team whose collaborative approach brings team members together to make shared decisions, following a project through its life, from early conception, through ongoing operation and assessment.
 To clarify, a number of practitioners refer to this process as the ‘Integrated Design Process,’ a definition that assumes that the process is already integrated. ‘Integrative’ is more appropriate as it reflects the process of integration.
The Integrative Design process is commonly associated with the design of buildings, products, and related programs although it can be utilized in any given scenario where a holistic outcome and team decision-making are primary indicators of the success of the project. The design intent of a particular project helps to shape the steps and strategies taken throughout the process of Integrative Design, which will differ by project and by industry, and will continue to evolve with practice, over time.



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