Environmental impacts of buildings and the costs of construction projects can be significantly reduced through the use of an integrated design, delivery and operations process. The definition and application of this building approach, however, varies widely across industry sectors and regulatory jurisdictions in North America. This guide, which draws on the 2013 report by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), Improving Conditions for Green Building Construction in North America: Enhancing Capabilities of the Green Workforce, outlines five main steps for success in implementing an integrated design and delivery process.
Based on current industry approaches, it highlights best practices and tools for 10 workforce sectors, and is supported by seven case studies and more than 50 reference documents. Guidance presented in this document was developed in part through interviews with more than 30 industry professionals and in consultation with internationally renowned experts working in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This guide is intended to introduce building practitioners to tested methods for incorporating deeper levels of integrated design and delivery into their construction projects. It can also help all stakeholders concerned in meeting their goals for constructing better and greener buildings.