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Eco-Charrettes lead to innovation in Sustainability

As sustainability becomes a more important piece of the construction puzzle, Karpinksi Engineering is exploring innovative ways to help our clients incorporate their goals into the design process. One effective method is the implementation of an eco-charrette into the design process. 

What is an Eco-Charrette?
An eco-charrette is a meeting that gathers all members of the design and construction teams to focus on the sustainability goals and strategies of the project.

What is the goal?
The goal of eco-charrettes is to create a shared vision for the sustainability aspects of the project.  Eco-charrettes are also important for launching the collaboration process and encouraging dialogue between members of the design team, which leads to creativity. 
 
Who should attend?
 
  • Architects
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Landscape architects
  • Owners
  • Stakeholders
  • Construction Managers
  • Facility workers
  • Sustainability Consultants
  • Energy Modelers
Participation from all disciplines is key to discovering feasible solutions to reach the sustainability goals set by the owner.

When?
Eco-charrette should take place as early in design as possible.  Incorporating sustainability early allows the project team to determine the best possible strategies to meet the Owner’s goals.

What happens during an Eco-Charrette?
The format of eco-charrettes can vary depending on the needs of the team, but the meeting should contain a mix of conversations aimed at:
  • Specifying Goals
  • Discussing Challenges
  • Brainstorming Strategies/Tactics
  • Identifying metrics used to guide design decisions
Throughout the discussions, the facilitator should be recording all ideas and encouraging all parties to speak up.

Karpinksi Engineering’s Sustainability department would be happy to answer any questions on how an eco-charrette would benefit your future projects.




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