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Nagle C.,BNIM
ASHRAE Journal | Year: 2014

The Iowa Utilities Board and Office of Consumer Advocate (IOB/OCA) in Des Moines is an energy-efficient building and a symbol of the state's sustainable stewardship. Design decisions for the building have been driven by energy-efficiency and integrated design, ranging from the geothermal system to the height of the office furniture. The IUB/OCA uses the building to conduct its business and also as an education tool for energy-saving technologies and increased efficiency and health in the built environment. The integrated energy efficiency measures, which have contributed to the building's overall performance, include geothermal field tied to dual-stage heat pumps and the installation of total energy recovery unit .

Svec P.,BNIM | Berkebile R.,BNIM | Todd J.A.,Independent Consultant
Building Research and Information | Year: 2012

To facilitate the practice of regenerative design and development, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and a core team envisioned a forum, a repository of information and a framework that are capable of stimulating dialogue among a diversity of practitioners and decision-makers with different disciplinary backgrounds and viewpoints. The REGEN tool is a work in progress and intended to support any regenerative design and development process, particularly in the early planning and design stages, with new questions and new types of information organized into a web of interconnection. It is intentionally neither a rating system nor a universal definition of regenerative design. Instead, it is a systems-based model of making connections at and between systemic levels, issue level and strategic level, thereby allowing the discovery of synergies, and encouraging a dialogue about place and quality of life for all life. The conceptual development of the REGEN tool is presented along with thoughts for its realization. The regenerative design process has the potential to change worldviews in a constructive way when it brings together new types of information, examples of process, and a perspective that is systems based, place based and oriented on positive outcomes. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.

Hoxie C.,BNIM | Berkebile R.,BNIM | Todd J.A.,Independant Consultant
Building Research and Information | Year: 2012

Definitions of regenerative design, regenerative development and regenerative thinking differ, but community engagement is an integral component of these definitions. A critical aspect in regenerative approaches is the focus on the uniqueness of place and the creation of a story of the place, with the local community playing a crucial role in developing this story. Practitioners have found that engaging communities in these efforts requires a different approach, one that is designed to elicit and clarify aspirations and values and which enables the community to recognize and feel its connections to the natural systems of which they are a part. An approach to community engagement is presented that has been developed, tested and refined over the past two decades. Its basis is founded on establishing honest, deep and ongoing dialogue within the community and between the community and the project team. As the case studies presented in this paper indicate, one of the most important benefits of a process of dialogue is a community that has developed shared goals and leaders to ensure progress toward those goals over time. Wider implications for design and planning professionals include the potential to redefine their processes and services, examining responsibilities to the local community and working with the research community to develop a wider evidence base. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.

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