Scoring tool designed to make cities more sustainable

Scoring tool designed to make cities more sustainable

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Architects, engineers and builders aspire to create sustainable buildings. Yet accurately measuring building performance throughout the design process has proved costly and time-intensive.

PlanIT Impact has unveiled a smart modeling platform for cities.

The first tool provides the fastest and most affordable solution for designers to understand the cost and ROI impact of energy and water, according to a press release. The solution also offers an impact score for storm water run-off and transportation.

PlanIT Impact delivers its solution with a subscription-based cloud service.

The demand for sustainability and efficiency associated with new construction is higher than ever, as monthly energy costs constitute a clear majority (80 percent) of total building lifecycle expenses, according to PlanIT. Thus, sustainable construction practices promoting net zero building designs have become a primary industry objective. 

PlanIT Impact's 3D planning tool and PlanIT Impact Score enable architects and builders to collaborate with multiple teams and constituencies, gather data inputs in real time and more accurately model material costs and the impact of physical attributes of the land/geo-location and structure based on federal and commercial data sources.  

The PlanIT Impact assessment tool incorporates four key aspects of sustainable building design: energy, storm water run-off, water use and transportation access with Walk Score. PlanIT Impact was successfully implemented to drive sustainability for the Milhaus urban development project in Kansas City. The project will include 182 market-rate apartments and 12,000 square feet of commercial space.

"This doesn't feel like an energy modeling tool – it's very intuitive, providing the flexibility and a wide breadth of data sources required for accuracy and timely scoring," said Graham Still, Senior Designer for DRAW Architecture.

PlanIT Impact benefits:

  • All relevant project/design data unified into a single view, where multiple measurements and variables can be input and considered holistically
  • ROI insights help define ProForma: estimated cost of building performance, simple payback
  • Leverages open data with easy, dynamic retrieval of key data and pulls geometries from model
  • Informed and holistic approach to resource allocation

Taking an early LEED:

PlanIT Impact Energy Module scores translate to energy optimization points for LEED, the benchmark for building performance. PlanIT Impact makes early, data-driven decisions that track to LEED projects while integrating into the web of interaction between differing project teams. The tool takes input from any direction and dynamically updates scoring so architects know how decisions impact the score. 

Leveraging open data:

PlanIT Impact takes advantage of the open data movement to contribute geo-specific, accurate data into the sustainability performance score. Open data sources include federal government entities and private companies. U.S. Census data is used to understand local drive times, and NOAA is providing local rainfall/weather data. WalkScore is publishing statistics regarding the precise proximity of desired resources, such as parks, stores, libraries and businesses.  


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