Sustainable Built Environments

2013 Edition
| Editors: Vivian Loftness, Dagmar Haase

Sustainable Design and Construction, Integrated Delivery Processes and Building Information Modeling

  • Laura Lesniewski
  • Bob Berkebile
Reference work entry

Definition of the Subject

While a nascent understanding of the need for a more sustainable approach to design and construction has been around for decades, only recently have there been appropriate methods and tools available that are substantial and mature enough to help move a design and construction team toward a more integrated approach and, therefore, a more sustainable project. For these last few decades, progress toward sustainable thinking in both academia and practice has occurred in fits and starts, relying on old tools and methods while attempting to accomplish fundamentally different (i.e., truly sustainable) results. The mainstream availability of integrated delivery processes as well as building information modeling tools that have been tested in the field with positive results suggest that the industry has turned a corner on an integration that matters.

Introduction: Sustainability Through Reintegration

Since Descartes and Bacon, western civilization has clung to two...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AIABNIM – Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell ArchitectsKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.FAIABNIM – Berkebile Nelson Immenschuh McDowell ArchitectsKansas CityUSA