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design decisions are being made. Why? The integrative design process is typically one in which the key decision-makers and stakeholders for a project are brought together to work collaboratively in real-time to do the significant parts of the design process, versus the traditional linear process where the architect does the basic design and hands it off to specialists, such as the civil engineer, structural engineer, MEP engineer, etc. to create their separate parts of the design, essentially in isolation. The integrative process, when done well, results in bringing forth many of the potential synergies in the project by optimizing all the parts as part of a whole system simultaneously. Since the people who must give approvals for the parts are often in similar silos of expertise and authority to the traditional system, they may (and have the authority to) deny a key part of the integrated design and thus require redesigning many other parts of the whole building as a result. It makes sense to bring the regulators into the process, first by training them in the principles of integrative design and then by involving them in the design charrettes where key design decisions are being made. They will then understand why things are being done and have the opportunity as well to contribute their knowledge, concerns and solutions at the right time in the system, foreclosing the likelihood of a major problem when the plans are submitted for approvals. Q: What other barriers exist toward the facilitation of more regenerative built environments? longer valid. Finding effective ways to communicate the reality of significant change that is coming in an energy- and carbon-constrained world will be crucial. Goals like those of the Living Building Challenge, will help move us toward sustainability and regenerative systems. The regulators are in a kind of double bind – viewed as obstacles to change by those who are proponents of this shift and viewed as impediments to profit-making by those who are less concerned (or not concerned at all) about such concerns. Those who enforce the codes and standards are rarely those who write them. Those who write them are, like so many of us, even those who have been working on these issues for decades, still coming to grips with the challenges of balancing these often competing factors of different risks to different people or places or systems. They have the responsibility and the challenge of safeguarding the public. They rarely have the security within their positions to use the full authority often given to them in statute or by law. And they rarely have the resources, time, training or support to approve things that can’t be fully and safely supported by research, testing, certification, or consensus codes or standards. Finding ways to better support and educate the regulators is a key aspect to moving forward. Q: What will success look like? How will we measure progress on this issue in the future? And what does a “regenerative” regulatory system look like? and in one it is impossible to do innovative things and in the other it is encouraged, you learn that it is more than just the regulations and regulatory structures themselves. I like to point to places where the regulators have made a seemingly small change in the way they envision their work – from being the building police patrolling the bottom (most regulations are minimum standards – the least you have to do, not the most you could do) to make sure nothing falls below those minimums, to being real community resources for the best building and development. That shift gives them the frame of reference in which they can do both tasks, preventing the worst while enabling the best. Where it happens, it can change all the relationships and attitudes within and outside the regulatory agency. The second key will be whether it is harder to gain approval for projects with greatest negative impacts than those with the greatest positive ones. When we have a true regulatory ‘system’ that recognizes the relationships between things as well as the things themselves, that recognizes what we do and don’t know and has a preference for minimizing potentially harmful or cumulative impacts, and that understands that safeguarding the health and well-being of future generations is a crucial and central part of safeguarding the public, then we will have moved a very large step toward enabling the transition that is so urgently needed. Q: Thank you for your time today. It was a pleasure and thank you for the opportunity to discuss these crucial issues. Caroline M. Nolan is the editor of the Living Architecture Monitor and principal of ThinkSustain®, a boutique sustainability consultancy in Toronto, Ontario. The most important thing to understand about where we are and what is happening now, in my opinion, is the reality I described earlier about the assumptions that are no There are a couple of key points I’d like to make here without nailing down too specific an answer to this question. First, when you see two similar communities using exactly the same set of codes, standards and regulations LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR SUMMER 2010 7 http://www.constructioncontrol.com http://www.constructioncontrol.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010
Contents
From the Founder
Strata
On the Roof With...
What is Integrated Design?
How Do We Move the Practice of Integrated Design Forward?
West Coast Integrated Design
Integrated Design for Solar & Green Roofs
Do Green Roofs Improve the Efficiency of PV Panels?
An Invitation to CitiesAlive! in Vancouver this Fall
GHRC Professional Development Calendar
Roof to Plate
Research Showing Early Promises
Advanced Green to Roof Maintenance Course to Launch
New GRPS
New Online Tools
New Corporate Members
Making Government Programs Work Harder

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Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 (Page Cover2)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Contents (Page Cover2a)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Contents (Page Cover2b)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - From the Founder (Page 1)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Strata (Page 2)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Strata (Page 3)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - On the Roof With... (Page 4)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - On the Roof With... (Page 5)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - On the Roof With... (Page 6)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - On the Roof With... (Page 7)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - What is Integrated Design? (Page 8)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - How Do We Move the Practice of Integrated Design Forward? (Page 9)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - West Coast Integrated Design (Page 10)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - West Coast Integrated Design (Page 11)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - West Coast Integrated Design (Page 12)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - West Coast Integrated Design (Page 13)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - West Coast Integrated Design (Page 14)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - West Coast Integrated Design (Page 15)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - West Coast Integrated Design (Page 16)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - West Coast Integrated Design (Page 17)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Integrated Design for Solar & Green Roofs (Page 18)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Integrated Design for Solar & Green Roofs (Page 19)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Integrated Design for Solar & Green Roofs (Page 20)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Integrated Design for Solar & Green Roofs (Page 21)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Integrated Design for Solar & Green Roofs (Page 22)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Integrated Design for Solar & Green Roofs (Page 23)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Do Green Roofs Improve the Efficiency of PV Panels? (Page 24)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Do Green Roofs Improve the Efficiency of PV Panels? (Page 25)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Do Green Roofs Improve the Efficiency of PV Panels? (Page 26)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Do Green Roofs Improve the Efficiency of PV Panels? (Page 27)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - An Invitation to CitiesAlive! in Vancouver this Fall (Page 28)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - An Invitation to CitiesAlive! in Vancouver this Fall (Page 29)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Roof to Plate (Page 30)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Research Showing Early Promises (Page 31)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Advanced Green to Roof Maintenance Course to Launch (Page 32)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - New Corporate Members (Page 33)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Making Government Programs Work Harder (Page 34)
Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2010 - Making Government Programs Work Harder (Page 35)
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