Measured Performance in Integrated Design

Julia Janaro, Clark Nexsen, Inc.
Don Kranbuehl, Clark Nexsen, Inc.

Sustainable lab design often focuses on the efficiency of specific research equipment or building systems.  While these are important steps in green design, an integrated approach can better reflect the ideals and processes of the work within the lab itself.  With integrated design, long-term benefits are realized by simultaneously considering site, program, building performance, and resiliency opportunities.  Approaching sustainability at multiple scales may seem daunting, but modeling and benchmarking tools can help track these goals with quantifiable data.

The speakers will present several integrated design tools and strategies that have enabled higher performance buildings and proven benefits for clients.  Together, they develop a baseline performance for a project, and a means to enable results-oriented design decisions.  Case studies will include research facilities for coastal resiliency, food security, and health and welfare innovation.  Benchmarking and performance tools will be referenced for several types of design considerations:

  • Program and Interior Environment– strategies to engage stakeholders and incorporate daylighting, views, and collaborative spaces that work with their unique program.
  • Building Performance Benchmarking – methods for tracking pEUI early in a project, and continuously adapting the energy models for multiple design iterations. 
  • Site and Infrastructure Resiliency– tools to incorporate bioclimatic analysis, passive strategies, and protection of natural resources.

In addition to project benefits, the data from integrated design benchmarking has the potential to become part of a larger resource.  Using tools such as AIA 2030 and company-wide sustainability plans can track the proven impact of integrated design goals and lessons-learned – and the process can become a research and development tool of its own. 

Learning Objectives

  • Review principles of integrated design and its place in laboratory design.
  • Present case studies showing the impact of performance modeling tools in the design process.
  • Discuss the importance of site design and resiliency in effecting long-term benefits for clients and community.  
  • Identify and review opportunities from external benchmarking resources (i.e. AIA 2030) as a path to carbon-neutrality.


Julia has 16 years of experience creating healthy and productive spaces, practicing sustainable building and site design, and realizing financial and performance benefits for building owners. Her project capabilities include developing renewable energy design guidelines, writing specifications, reviewing operating costs for projects based on local utility rates, and working alongside energy modelers and engineers to evaluate building performance, life-cycle costs, and return on investments.

Speaker bio coming soon.


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