Making an Impact on Transportation

With stories of smog and pollution in India and China frequently appearing in major news outlets, I’m reminded of why we include transportation as one of the key indicators of PlanIT Impact’s score and current weight is as just as important as energy use, water use and Stormwater impact. Per …

Setting LEED Goals with PlanIT Impact

The feature image shows just how easily a PlanIT Impact score translates to Energy Optimization points for LEED (Table 1 is from the USGBC LEED Credit Library). Because LEED is so widely-recognized as a benchmark for building performance, at PlanIT Impact we often field questions regarding our suitability for the …

Integrative Design with PlanIT Impact

  LEED has been a proponent of the Integrative (Design) Process now for many years, encouraging teams bring in the entire consultant and ownership group to work though the project considering all systems and create a road map. This requires more time up front during Pre-Design or Schematic Design phases, …

PlanITImpact Scores, explained…continued

As a continuation of the previous posting on PlanITImpact Score, we will be focusing on the Stormwater Impact Score and Water Use and Cost* next. This score is in response to the Pre-development condition overall site perviousness, vs the Post-development condition site perviousness.  The goal is not to further burden …

The PlanITImpact score – Priorities for Performance are Locally Determined

Growing up in the Bay Area of California, the bumper sticker of “think Global, Act Local” was a frequent siting on the bumper of the car ahead of me (ironic, I know). But this is a sentiment that has stayed with me over the past 20 years in the architecture …

Our Mission at PlanIT Impact

OUR MISSION at PlanIT Impact is to Enable Sustainable Design to be as Affordable, Accessible, and Achievable as Possible… let me break that down and explain further what that means for us.   Affordability has been something that has not typically been associated with sustainability. Though the USGBC reports that approximately …