Pre Design

Pre-design is the phase of analysis that occurs after some form of funding is available and before design begins. During the pre-design phase, studies are done to analyze space requirement issues, the constraints and opportunities of the prop

Strategies

Text in development. aims to ensure high levels of indoor air quality across a building’s lifetime through diverse strategies that include source elimination or reduction, active and passive building design and operation strategies and human behavior
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Biophilic Strategiesbrainstorm, research~2 days~20 hours
Prevailing Wind Studieswind roses, wind simulations~1 day~8 hours
Weather Data and Climateweather data graphs and summary, climate change analysis~2 days~8 hours
Text in development.
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Biophilic Strategiesbrainstorm, research~2 days~20 hours
Site Solar Studiessun path, shadows, sun light hours, incident radiation~1 day~8 hours
Certification GoalsEstablish strong and clear goals for achieving certifications and guiding principles which can be addresses throughout the project.~2 days~4 hours
Understand and reduce the carbon and environmental impact of a project by studying the life cycle of a material, assembly, or project
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Carbon SequestrationUnderstand the carbon footprint of a project, it's materials, and energy needs while pushing to reduce, capture and store it.~2 days~8 hours
Text in development. How does the project design anticipate adapting to new uses, adapt to climate change, and support resilient recovery from disasters?
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Space Utilization Evaluationcatalogue spaces, collect data for 1 week, analyze and visualization data~1 week~40 hours
On-Site Renewable Energybrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
Text in development.
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Building Programming and Space Planningmodeling efficiency, blocking and stacking~2 weeks~40 hours
Energy Code Targetscoordinate with team and code consultant to extract the critical items for analysis~1 day~4 hours
Certification GoalsEstablish strong and clear goals for achieving certifications and guiding principles which can be addresses throughout the project.~2 days~4 hours
Building Systems Strategiesbrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
Text in development. How does this project make the most of its surrounding community, integrate with it. and give back? support access to essential healthcare, workplace health promotion and accommodations for new parents while establishing an inclu
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Site Programmingmodeling efficiency, blocking and stacking, tying back to site analysis~1 day~4 hours
Pre-Occupancy Evaluationgather data (survey), research, analysis, final report~2 weeks~8 hours
User Study Preferencesinterviews, compile results: thematic guiding principles~3 weeks~20 hours
Field Measurementsobserve designated spaces/activities, create narrative~2 weeks~40 hours
Drone Photography and Site Documentationspot measurements and data logging over a period of time~2 days~8 hours
Community Energy Sharingbrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
Text in development. How does this project respond, connect, and contribute to the surrounding ecosystem?
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GIS MappingProvides up to date, high-res aerial imagery that can be scaled and geolocated; create site context model~2 days~8 hours
Text in development. How does the design show that higher performance can be cost-effective?
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Community Energy Sharingbrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
On-Site Renewable Energybrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
Text in development. How much energy does the project use, is any of that energy generated on-site from renewable sources, and what's the net carbon impact?
StrategySummaryDurationTimeLink
Site Solar Studiessun path, shadows, sun light hours, incident radiation~1 day~8 hours
Weather Data and Climateweather data graphs and summary, climate change analysis~2 days~8 hours
Site Programmingmodeling efficiency, blocking and stacking, tying back to site analysis~1 day~4 hours
Energy Code Targetscoordinate with team and code consultant to extract the critical items for analysis~1 day~4 hours
MassingFAR, setbacks, envelope constraints, zoning and building code compliance~2 weeks~60 hours
Certification GoalsEstablish strong and clear goals for achieving certifications and guiding principles which can be addresses throughout the project.~2 days~4 hours
Pre-Occupancy Evaluationgather data (survey), research, analysis, final report~2 weeks~8 hours
Community Energy Sharingbrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
On-Site Renewable Energybrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
Building Systems Strategiesbrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
Text in development. What's the big idea? How does the project demonstrate the intersection of design excellence and sustainable performance? Innovation features pave the way for projects to develop unique strategies for creating healthy environments
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Site Programmingmodeling efficiency, blocking and stacking, tying back to site analysis~1 day~4 hours
Energy Code Targetscoordinate with team and code consultant to extract the critical items for analysis~1 day~4 hours
Vision and Project Goalsclient, direction, kick-off meeting~1 week~8 hours
GIS MappingProvides up to date, high-res aerial imagery that can be scaled and geolocated; create site context model~2 days~8 hours
Community Energy Sharingbrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
On-Site Renewable Energybrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
Building Systems Strategiesbrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
Text in development. What's the big idea? How does the project demonstrate the intersection of design excellence and sustainable performance? Innovation features pave the way for projects to develop unique strategies for creating healthy environments
StrategySummaryDurationTimeLink
Site Solar Studiessun path, shadows, sun light hours, incident radiation~1 day~8 hours
Weather Data and Climateweather data graphs and summary, climate change analysis~2 days~8 hours
Pre-Occupancy Evaluationgather data (survey), research, analysis, final report~2 weeks~8 hours
Text in development. How were the decisions about the materials used based on an understanding of their impact. especially carbon impact? reduce human exposure to hazardous building material ingredients through the restriction or elimination of compo
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Certification GoalsEstablish strong and clear goals for achieving certifications and guiding principles which can be addresses throughout the project.~2 days~4 hours
Materials Selection for Social Health & EquitySupport Social Health & Equity by preferring products from manufacturers who secure human rights in their own operations and in their supply chains, and which provide positive impacts for their workers and the communities where they operate.~2 weeks~8 hours/week
Materials Selection and Design for CircularitySupport a Circular Economy by reusing and improving buildings and by designing for long life, disassembly and reuse of materials.~1 day~4 hours
Text in development. promotes mental health through policy, program and design strategies that seek to address the diverse factors that influence cognitive and emotional well-being.
StrategySummaryDurationTimeLink
Biophilic Strategiesbrainstorm, research~2 days~20 hours
Pre-Occupancy Evaluationgather data (survey), research, analysis, final report~2 weeks~8 hours
User Study Preferencesinterviews, compile results: thematic guiding principles~3 weeks~20 hours
Text in development. promotes movement, physical activity and active living and discourages sedentary behaviors through environmental design strategies, programs and policies.
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Building Programming and Space Planningmodeling efficiency, blocking and stacking~2 weeks~40 hours
Exterior Circulation Analysispedestrian, cyclist, vehicular flows~2 days~8 hours
Pre-Occupancy Evaluationgather data (survey), research, analysis, final report~2 weeks~8 hours
User Study Preferencesinterviews, compile results: thematic guiding principles~3 weeks~20 hours
Space Utilization Evaluationcatalogue spaces, collect data for 1 week, analyze and visualization data~1 week~40 hours
Field Measurementsobserve designated spaces/activities, create narrative~2 weeks~40 hours
Text in development. availability of fruits and vegetables and nutritional transparency and encourages the creation of food environments where the healthiest choice is the easiest choice.
StrategySummaryDurationTimeLink
Pre-Occupancy Evaluationgather data (survey), research, analysis, final report~2 weeks~8 hours
User Study Preferencesinterviews, compile results: thematic guiding principles~3 weeks~20 hours
Text in development. What lessons for better design have been learned through the process of project design, construction, and occupancy?
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Site Programmingmodeling efficiency, blocking and stacking, tying back to site analysis~1 day~4 hours
Building Programming and Space Planningmodeling efficiency, blocking and stacking~2 weeks~40 hours
Vision and Project Goalsclient, direction, kick-off meeting~1 week~8 hours
Certification GoalsEstablish strong and clear goals for achieving certifications and guiding principles which can be addresses throughout the project.~2 days~4 hours
Pre-Occupancy Evaluationgather data (survey), research, analysis, final report~2 weeks~8 hours
User Study Preferencesinterviews, compile results: thematic guiding principles~3 weeks~20 hours
Space Utilization Evaluationcatalogue spaces, collect data for 1 week, analyze and visualization data~1 week~40 hours
Field Measurementsobserve designated spaces/activities, create narrative~2 weeks~40 hours
GIS MappingProvides up to date, high-res aerial imagery that can be scaled and geolocated; create site context model~2 days~8 hours
Building Systems Strategiesbrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
Strategies that address building location, with credits that encourage compact development, alternative transportation, and connection with amenities such as restaurants and parks.
StrategySummaryDurationTimeLink
Site Programmingmodeling efficiency, blocking and stacking, tying back to site analysis~1 day~4 hours
Exterior Circulation Analysispedestrian, cyclist, vehicular flows~2 days~8 hours
MassingFAR, setbacks, envelope constraints, zoning and building code compliance~2 weeks~60 hours
Space Utilization Evaluationcatalogue spaces, collect data for 1 week, analyze and visualization data~1 week~40 hours
Field Measurementsobserve designated spaces/activities, create narrative~2 weeks~40 hours
Drone Photography and Site Documentationspot measurements and data logging over a period of time~2 days~8 hours
GIS MappingProvides up to date, high-res aerial imagery that can be scaled and geolocated; create site context model~2 days~8 hours
Text in development. bolster occupant health and well-being through the identification and mitigation of acoustical comfort parameters that shape occupant experiences in the built environment.
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Pre-Occupancy Evaluationgather data (survey), research, analysis, final report~2 weeks~8 hours
User Study Preferencesinterviews, compile results: thematic guiding principles~3 weeks~20 hours
Strategies that integrate efficient and creative solutions to spaces for program.
StrategySummaryDurationTimeLink
Building Programming and Space Planningmodeling efficiency, blocking and stacking~2 weeks~40 hours
LEED theme that focuses on the environment surrounding the building.
StrategySummaryDurationTimeLink
Prevailing Wind Studieswind roses, wind simulations~1 day~8 hours
Site Solar Studiessun path, shadows, sun light hours, incident radiation~1 day~8 hours
Weather Data and Climateweather data graphs and summary, climate change analysis~2 days~8 hours
Site Programmingmodeling efficiency, blocking and stacking, tying back to site analysis~1 day~4 hours
MassingFAR, setbacks, envelope constraints, zoning and building code compliance~2 weeks~60 hours
Space Utilization Evaluationcatalogue spaces, collect data for 1 week, analyze and visualization data~1 week~40 hours
Field Measurementsobserve designated spaces/activities, create narrative~2 weeks~40 hours
Drone Photography and Site Documentationspot measurements and data logging over a period of time~2 days~8 hours
On-Site Renewable Energybrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
Text in development. promote human productivity and ensure a maximum level of thermal comfort among all building users through improved HVAC system design and control and by meeting individual thermal preferences.
StrategySummaryDurationTimeLink
Biophilic Strategiesbrainstorm, research~2 days~20 hours
Prevailing Wind Studieswind roses, wind simulations~1 day~8 hours
Site Solar Studiessun path, shadows, sun light hours, incident radiation~1 day~8 hours
Weather Data and Climateweather data graphs and summary, climate change analysis~2 days~8 hours
Pre-Occupancy Evaluationgather data (survey), research, analysis, final report~2 weeks~8 hours
Text in development. How does the project use water wisely and handle rainfall responsibly? aspects of the quality, distribution and control of liquid water in a building. It includes features that address the availability and contaminant thresholds
StrategySummaryDurationTimeLink
Weather Data and Climateweather data graphs and summary, climate change analysis~2 days~8 hours
Building Systems Strategiesbrainstorm, research~1 day~4 hours
Text in development. How does the design promote the comfort and health of those who spend time in it?
StrategySummaryDurationTimeLink
Biophilic Strategiesbrainstorm, research~2 days~20 hours
Site Solar Studiessun path, shadows, sun light hours, incident radiation~1 day~8 hours
Pre-Occupancy Evaluationgather data (survey), research, analysis, final report~2 weeks~8 hours
User Study Preferencesinterviews, compile results: thematic guiding principles~3 weeks~20 hours
Field Measurementsobserve designated spaces/activities, create narrative~2 weeks~40 hours

Blocks

These are the building blocks of computational design that you can plug into your tool, analysis, or design process already made.


Presentations

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