Integrating green building practices—from the mission of the organization to the project specifications—requires a thoughtful and thorough process. The stakeholders involved must come to the process with an open mind and willingness to view the design and development process from a different vantage point. Conducted well, the integrated design process is a powerful tool for rethinking how we design housing and how to better align the projects with the desire for safe, decent, affordable, and environmentally sustainable housing.


1. True value engineering identifies ways to achieve the same goal at less cost and could be compared to a design/build effort based on performance standards.

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