The Integrative Design Process, or IDP, is a collaborative method for
designing buildings which emphasizes the development of a holistic design.
Essentially, it is a 'whole building approach'.
Conventional building design usually involves
a series of hand-offs from owner to architect, from builder to occupant. This
path does not invite all affected parties into the planning process, and
therefore does not take into account their needs, areas of expertise or
insights. In some cases, using the conventional method, incompatible elements
of the design are not discovered until late in the process when it is expensive
to make changes. In contrast, the integrated design process
requires multidisciplinary collaboration, including key stakeholders and design
professionals, from conception to completion.
Decision-making protocols and complementary design principles must be
established early in the process in order to satisfy the goals of multiple
stakeholders while achieving the overall project objectives.
In addition to extensive collaboration,
integrated design involves a “whole building design” approach. A building is
viewed as an interdependent system, as opposed to an accumulation of its
separate components (site, structure, systems and use). The goal of looking at
all the systems together to is make sure they work in harmony rather than
against each other.
Integrated design has evolved in conjunction
with the rise of multidisciplinary design firms and sustainable design. It
frequently begins with a charrette or eco-charrette, an intensive design
workshop, in which many stakeholders gather to set goals and identify
strategies for achieving the desired outcomes.
Sustainable Building Concepts champions
green, sustainable building as a way to help our clients save time, resources
and of course money!